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A map of the area around Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park showing the boundaries of the park, the previous National Historic Landmark listing, and the proposed update.

Update Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Landmark Documentation

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The National Park Service is pleased to announce that a study has been conducted on the Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation National Historic Landmark in Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties, Virginia to consider proposed updates to its designation. This draft document is the result of the study.

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant places that illustrate important themes, persons, or events in American history and are designated by the Secretary of the Interior. The National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes properties of exceptional national significance in the nation's history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture. The Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove Plantation National Historic District is significant for its association with the October 19, 1864 battle of Cedar Creek during the Civil War and the broader agricultural cultural landscape during the eighteenth century and Antebellum Period.

This draft update to the original 1969 nomination expands the size of the National Historic Landmark district and has been written in consultation with park partners. It broadens the definition of the district's significance by incorporating recent scholarship on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, the battle of Cedar Creek, and Belle Grove Plantation, while tracing the development of the cultural landscape within the context of the social, cultural, economic, and architectural history of the Shenandoah Valley. This amended nomination also updates the criteria, period, and areas of significance to current standards.

An important step in National Historic Landmark designation is public involvement. After the comment period, the nomination and any comments received will be submitted to the National Historic Landmarks Committee and ultimately provided to the National Park System Advisory Board. In addition to collecting comments through the Planning, Environment & Public Comment Platform, the National Park Service will host a virtual meeting to explain the document and the National Historic Landmark process.

The meeting is scheduled for October 11 at 7pm EST. You can access the presentation at this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NDFiNzI4NTAtZjJiYS00ODViLThiNWUtYmM2ZDY2OWE2NDM5%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%220693b5ba-4b18-4d7b-9341-f32f400a5494%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%220291f63f-a6d9-4da3-998c-8bf0f2cea65f%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a

When the nomination is ready and scheduled to be considered by the National Historic Landmarks Committee (Landmarks Committee) you will be notified of the date, time and place of the Landmarks Committee meeting. You will be given a chance to comment on the final nomination. After the comment period, the nomination and any comments received will be submitted to the Landmarks Committee and ultimately provided to the National Park System Advisory Board. If you so choose, you also may attend the Landmarks Committee meeting and upon request, will be given an opportunity to address the Committee concerning a property's significance, integrity, and proposed boundaries.

All comments must be submitted by November 30, 2022.

For your information, the Federal Effects of National Historic Landmark Designation and program regulations are available at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalhistoriclandmarks/regulations.htm. The Federal Effects of designation can be found at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalhistoriclandmarks/federal-effects-of-nhl-designation.htm, while benefits can be found at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalhistoriclandmarks/benefits.htm. Additionally, general questions about designation are answered at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationalhistoriclandmarks/questions-about-designation.htm.

For further information on the National Historic Landmarks Program, including the designation process and questions on this specific study please contact Jonathan Tracey, Cultural Resource Program Manager for Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park at 540-868-9176 or Amanda Casper of the History and Preservation Assistance Office at 267-357-1602.

Additional information on the National Historic Landmarks Program is available at: www.nps.gov/nhl.

Contact Information

Jonathan Tracey
540-868-9176