Removal of Non-Contributing House - Markham House
The Markham House was built ca1967 and is a wood framed one-story house. It is covered in composite siding and has an attached two-story garage. The first story of the garage is constructed of cement block, the second story is clad in composite siding. The roof is constructed using conventional wood trusses and the roof covering is asphalt shingles. It sits on 1.00 acre lot in a rural area next to Chancellorsville Battlefield. The house considered a non-contributing structure to the park.
Per the park's current General Management Plan, "non-historic structures will be removed from the historic scene as they are acquired." The park now proposes to remove this building. It is possible that the house may be sold and moved from the property, but there has been little success with this approach. Additionally, the house is subject to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and efforts will be made to find another organization to move the house. If the house is not sold and/or removed, the park proposes to raze the building. Work will consist of the demolition and complete removal of debris from the structure. It will also include the breaking down of foundation walls to a level two (2) feet below ground level and removing this debris. It will also include the removal of the concrete slabs for this structure. This work also consists of the removal of sidewalks, driveway, slabs and foundations located on the site. This project also consists of the work required to restore the disturbed areas to grass and follow the natural contours of the land. It covers filling, compacting, grading, spreading topsoil, applying lime, fertilizer, and grass seed as well as mulch. The long-term plan for the property is to allow nature to take its course and reclaim the land as part of the surrounding woods.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park proposes to remove a non-contributing house, known as the Markham House, from the Chancellorsville Battlefield. The house is located at 8402 Old Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407