Formed in late 1999, Spotsylvania Battlefield Education Association had been working with an
informal Board of Advisors for the past two years. However, during that time, SBEA discovered there are tremendous historic
preservation needs in Spotsylvania County. Due to these needs, SBEA elected to have an active Board of Associates who would
assist in a very proactive stance.
The multi-talented, eleven member board was assembled in early 2002. The Association Board members
are: John Cummings, Anne Ligon, James Anderson, Caroline DeMunnick, Karen Cummings, William Horn, Edward Bell, Merl Witt,
Agnes McGee, Robert Hodge, and Kim Timmerman.
Together they have begun defining the Associations goals and discussing the best method of implementation.
Local civilians were tremendously impacted by the Civil War. How many women and children were
left to fend for themselves? How did they survive?
There is quite a story here in this County and SBEA wants to assure this story is told in its
full social, political and cultural context.
SBEA has national support with their goals. Author/historians Gordon Rhea, and William Matter
endorse our efforts and have spoken many times on the importance of Myers Hill.
SBEA holds periodic education meetings that are free to the public. There have been meetings
with diverse guest speakers. Topics have included archaeology, preservation, historical signification of areas in the County,
and much more. SBEA has also hosted tours of battlefield areas.
SBEA has two board members who are currently working on securing grants for preservation and
education projects in the County.
The board has developed fund raising to support these goals and to continue their efforts.
A committe has been formed to study and analyze the new County Comprehensive Plan along with
the Water/Sewer Master Plan to forsee any possible effects they may have on the areas cultural resources.
SBEA is actively seeking members who want to support the preservation of our community. If each
of us puts forth a little more effort towards these goals, then we will be able to provide a quality community to leave for