Battle Park Preservation Accomplishments Recognized

May 14, 2008: On May 7, 2008, North Carolina Botanical Garden Director Peter White, Battle Park Curator Stephen Keith, and Battle Park student intern Elinor Benami attended the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill’s annual awards dinner. The Garden was presented with a 2008 Preservation Award recognizing its restoration efforts in Battle Park, a 93-acre tract of woods and trails on the east side of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

"Every year the Preservation Society looks around our community to see which projects are furthering our mission of preserving the historic, natural, and man-made landmarks of Chapel Hill," explains Ernest Dollar, director of the Preservation Society. "This year, in discussions with our Board, Battle Park just kept coming up as an important project."

At the request of the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Botanical Garden took on management responsibility for Battle Park in July of 2004. Since then, staff and volunteers have worked diligently to restore the Piedmont forest by eliminating invasive exotic specimens and to improve the pedestrian trail system. Much of the forest in this tract predates European settlement of the area. For more information about Battle Park, see

The Chapel Hill Preservation Society was formed in 1972. One of their earliest projects was the restoration of the Horace Williams House on East Rosemary Street, which now serves as the headquarters of the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.


Stephen Keith (R), curator of Battle Park, and student intern Elinor Benami hold award received at the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill's 2008 awards dinner at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill on May 7, 2008.

Updated on December 15, 2011 at 01:40:28 am.