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JTHG continues tree-planting honoring Civil War dead

Amid the rolling farmlands of the Piedmont in an area that saw substantial military encampments during the Civil War, 57 trees were planted last week at a historic inn along U.S. 15 as part of the ongoing Living Legacy Project of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

Project manager Peter Hart, of Clear Brook, is chief arborist of the ongoing, monumental initiative aiming to plant 620,000 trees along the Journey’s 180-mile route stretching from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — passing through Orange, Madison and Culpeper counties.

  Each of the trees planted — about 1,500 so far — will represent a soldier who died during the four-year War Between the States that ended nearly 150 years ago. Thursday’s tree-planting occurred on the grounds of the Inn at Willow Grove, a circa 1778 mansion that today provides lodging and dining under the ownership of David and Charlene Scibal.