Published: December 16, 2009
Congressman Bart Gordon announced today he was able to secure funding for Stones River National Battlefield to improve the historic site and make it more accessible to visitors.
Stones River National Battlefield received $1.5 million, which will be used to improve the entrance on Thompson Lane and continue construction of the much-needed access roads for the tour bus route.
The project will allow visitors to see new portions of the battlefield and improve the overall visitor experience.
“The Stones River Battlefield is one of the most popular attractions in Middle Tennessee. It attracts more than 200,000 people each year,” said Gordon. “This project will change the face of the park, making the entrance noticeable and inviting to all, which will help to attract even more visitors and benefit Murfreesboro’s local economy.”
Gordon has been instrumental in obtaining funds for the Stones River National Battlefield. The Battlefield was once among the nation’s 10 most endangered civil war battlefields.
Over the years, Gordon has helped secure funds that have led to nearly doubling the battlefield area that is now protected.
“The battle at Stones River was one of the most important fights to take place during the Civil War,” Gordon said. “Historians conclude the battle was one of 45 – out of 10,500 armed battles and skirmishes – that had a significant effect on the outcome of the war. Further preserving the site is important for Middle Tennessee’s history.”
Gib Backlund, Chief of Operations at Stones River National Battlefield, said, “When the project is complete, it will enable us to attract many more people and help us better tell visitors the story of the Civil War battle that took place here in Murfreesboro. We are extremely grateful for Congressman Gordon’s support in helping us obtain these funds.”