Fort A.P. Hill - Camden Innovative Preservation Project

Camden/Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia

Award Type: National Trust/ACHP Award

Partnering with Virginia Department of Historic Resources, The Conservation Fund, and the community, the Army accomplished on-post Section 106 mitigation through an off-post conservation easement, preserving the rural historic landscape and Indian village within an archaeological district in Camden, Virginia.

Fort A.P. Hill sits in the middle of an important archeological site and among America’s richest collection of Civil War battlefields. When a proposed expansion at the base jeopardized unexcavated Civil War-era resources, a coalition of military officials, preservationists, conservationists and the tribal community came together and eventually reached a novel compromise: rather than dig up the archeological sites on the base, they would use Army funds to protect more significant cultural and natural resources off the base.

This arrangement was unprecedented for the military and preservation community, and the deal has been widely hailed as a model. With help from the Army, the coalition has purchased conservation easements on nearly 9,000 acres, including an important Indian archeological site on the neighboring Camden Farm national historic landmark.

"While each is unique, this year’s outstanding award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  "Whether it’s the restoration of a brewery in Baltimore or the redevelopment of a classic roadside motor court in Tucson, this year's award winners demonstrate how preservation is bolstering local economies and creating jobs in communities across the country."