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Posted on: March 8, 2011

Stafford County Selects Firm, Prepares for Aquia Creek Battlefield Survey

The Stafford County Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce the selection of John Milner Associates, Inc. (JMA), the firm appointed to conduct a Terrestrial Phase I Cultural Resources Investigation of the Aquia Creek Battlefield.

JMA is a multi-disciplinary professional consulting firm with over 35 years of experience specializing in historic preservation, cultural resources, and building materials conservation services. JMA has related experience in studying nearby sites associated with the Confederate Blockade in Prince William County and on Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Research on this project will begin immediately, followed by field work in the spring of 2011. Terrestrial survey work will be conducted by JMA on public property at Aquia Landing Park and the southern tip of Widewater State Park – on opposite sides of the mouth of Aquia Creek. Additionally, JMA will work closely with the underwater archaeologists and divers from Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the Institute of Maritime History (IMH) respectively, to complete the survey of underwater portions of the battlefield.

A collaboration of many partners, the Aquia Creek Battlefield survey will determine the integrity of the battlefield, identify significant features, and establish a baseline for future preservation and interpretation efforts. All the partners involved hope to emerge with a more comprehensive understanding of the battle of Aquia Creek – one of the first naval engagements of the Civil War. The survey is timely, as the 150th anniversary of Aquia Creek Battlefield will occur this spring, from May 29 – June 1, 2011.

Adjacent and nearby property owners, interested historians, and artifact collectors are encouraged to share any information, photos and maps they might have that would help contribute to a more complete and accurate understanding of this battlefield. Interested citizens may contact Jo Balicki of JMA directly at jbalicki@johnmilnerassociates.com or (703) 354-9737.

In addition to JMA, MHT, and IMH, this multi-agency cooperative effort involves the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Hope Springs Marina, TravelHost Magazine of Central Virginia, and various departments of the Stafford County Government. For more information about Aquia Creek Battlefield and the project progress, please visit www.TourStaffordVa.com/AquiaCreekBattlefield.cfm, or contact Stafford County Tourism at (540) 658-8681.

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