Why are we not on the map of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG), a non-profit four-state partnership dedicated to raising awareness of the American heritage?
That’s the question Lisa Bailey, former tourism counselor at Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism, kept asking herself.
Bailey began visiting museums and visitors centers about the Route 15 History and realized that Louisa was not on the JTHG map and should be.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide stretch of land from Gettysburg, Pa to Monticello, Va, and represents a remarkable historical and cultural landscape.
Within it lies the single largest concentration of Civil War battle sites in the country, the homes and birthplaces of nine U.S. presidents, Native American settlements and 13 national parks. In addition to Civil War sites, this detailed map includes sites from the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and points of interest from World War I, World War II and the struggle for civil rights.
“Why is Louisa not part of this Route 15 history?” Bailey asked. “Well, I then got in contact with Journey Through Hallowed Ground Vice President Beth Erickson and the adventure began.”
From there, Bailey was contacted by Ester Turner, the outreach coordinator for JTHG, and was told she should become a Journey Through Hallowed Ground Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Piedmont Crossroads Visitors Center to learn the history of the JTHG.
Bailey took the class, became a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) and started volunteering for the JTHG to represent Louisa County. She not only promotes the program and personally recruits people to take the CTA class, she also volunteers as an instructor.
“That’s when I realized I needed to volunteer to get more educated,” Bailey said. “ The county has been wonderful to help me to get Louisa on the map of JTHG.”
Since 2009, Bailey has volunteered for JTHG and became an asset to the organization, dedicating many hours to the events, including the Adrianna Trigiana book talk in Charlottesville and the CTA Networking Event at Brackett’s Farm, and reenactments from Gettysburg to the first battle of Manassas. She has worked the past two annual conferences.
“When I speak for Louisa, I am the one representing my home town and the people in it, and I am very honored,” Bailey said.
The founder and president of Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Cate Magennis Whyatt, and the JTHG organization acknowledged Bailey’s contributions and selected her as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
To read the entire story, see the June 13 edition of The Central Virginian.