Since 2015, more Williamsburg Battlefield land has been saved from development than in the previous 153 years since the May 5, 1862 battle. There is still the potential to save another 400 undeveloped acres. Preservation of these acres can occur through donations, purchases, easements, subdivisions, and tax credits. Each takes time, coordination, networking, and partnerships between residents, businesses, municipalities, and land conservancies. We "agitate" for the preservation of these undeveloped battlefield lands for three reasons.
Undeveloped lands save precious open space, maintain our region's beauty and appeal for residents and visitors, and preserve diverse habitats.
Culturally and historically significant lands are outdoor, living classrooms that provide opport-unities for instruction and interpretation that leave a legacy. Williamsburg's Civil War his-tory is largely unrepresented.
Heritage tourists are those who visit a place because of its cultural and historical legacy. According to the Virginia Tourism Corpora-tion, heritage tourists spend more money and stay longer than other tourists. The economic impact from Civil War tourism in Williams-burg could be significant.