"Wilderness Wal-Mart" Near Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National...

Aug 26, 2009 Full story: National Parks Traveler 16

Planning officials in Virginia have given Wal-Mart permission to build a sprawling Supercenter near the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

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Steve Cull

New York, NY

#1 Sep 3, 2009
This is such a bad decision by the members of the board. They have obviously lost touch with one of the most appealing aspects of the Spotsylvania-Orange Counties area. I moved to the area in 1978 and as a young boy became immersed in the history of the area.
The question I have to ask is, "Is it really necessary to have a Super-Walmart every 5 miles?" Hyperbole notwithstanding, two stores an exit apart on I-95 isn't enough? Now they have to desecrate the historic areas of these counties. I'm quite disappointed in the decision and hope that the people of Orange County speak up and let the board know how they feel. The members of the board certainly did not represent the county the way they should have.
jack burton

Richmond, VA

#2 Sep 3, 2009
Yes it is necessary to have WAL MART there it isnt on the battlefield. Almost all of Virginia was a battlefield should we tear down all of the DC to pay homage to our fore fathers. Though rememberance is something we should always do. where does it stop? There isnt much more room in va without coming across a battlefield from some war. What do you suggest we do? Make Orange a whole no build zone. The population supports the store so the demand is there. When Wal mart opens it will be packed and there will be small group protesting. Then a couple months down the road those same people will be buying beer and chips for games because it is cheaper. Economics drives the world and morality takes a back seat. Tell a poverty stricken family from orange that they need to buy from a podunk mart to support your cause. They will give you the finger while eating great value chips and drinking Sams cola. When it comes to being able to get cheaper goods politics takes a back seat always has alwasy will.

“Do unto others........”

Since: Jul 08

Planet Earth

#3 Sep 20, 2009
I agree that there seems to be no limits to the degree that we are desecrating our area. I personally don't think we need this many WalMarts! If a poverty stricken family can get to the podunk mart, they can get to WalMart. Or, how about coming up with a way to get them to WalMart if they can't get there.....instead of building one in everyone's backyard?(and not just WalMart...but Target/SuperTarget and Lowes and all the rest of them!)
Hei

Warrenton, VA

#4 Oct 2, 2009
In this world of technology, power, and money; there is little to remind us of what else life and this world has to offer. Build another WalMart, let's get farther away from the past. Let our children forget the civil war, let them read about the founding of WalMart and the value of a steady mediocre paying job with a highschool or GED equivalent requirement at WalMart. I'm 19 and shamed by the supporters of this Wilderness WalMart, there is very little natural wonder left here and I wish for my children to see it all someday. Not only would this create black hole jobs that my peers can acquire to "get by" or "save money for school" but our children will know the area as WalMart. Not the battlefield, not the graves of hundreds. Not history... Just WalMart.
I've grown up in Gordonsville and Orange all of my life, even living in the locust grove area during highschool at OCHS. There is building here and construction there; it feels like my childhood is being bulldozed sometimes.
Nickki Tillery

Spotsylvania, VA

#5 Feb 13, 2010
get over it!!!! they messed up battle field to build our houses n e way wats the big deal im sure u dont even live out here! it takes us bout 30-45 minutes just to get to wal mart nd i live in lake wilderness
Ex Southerner

Modesto, CA

#6 Feb 14, 2010
Damn Yankees and their damn WalMarts! We should kick all their asses when they try to build on our sacred soil!
Jonathan

Grand Rapids, MI

#7 Apr 12, 2010
Ex Southerner wrote:
Damn Yankees and their damn WalMarts! We should kick all their asses when they try to build on our sacred soil!
Yankees? Isn't Walmart from Bentonville, Arkansas (a Confederate State)?

You're making those of us opposed to building so close to the battlefield look like idiots.

The National Park Service failed to provide a significant buffer of land around the park, and Walmart legally made a move on the real estate. I don't like it, but at this point all that can be done is to review our own local existing historic and heritage sites and consider the possible development that could happen.

Since: Feb 10

Cookeville Tn

#8 Apr 14, 2010
It's true that history is in the past, but we all need the past to make our future. The politics of WalMart indicate we need more.., more from China, more minimum wage jobs, more unattractive big boxes every few miles. Corporate America runs America! Careful when the next elections come up, listen to what is heard, and pray for our country. Though the Battlefields of history are behind us.., WalMart and a cockaroach will be the last to survive!!!
Derek Wyland

Fredericksburg, VA

#9 Apr 18, 2010
I live right near where the Wal-Mart has been proposed. I actually like the idea that the Wal-Mart is coming in. For one it means there will be MORE JOBS, and kids could get a job a LOT easier with the Wal-Mart. I am 16 and a student at Riverbend High School, but this means it could help our economy, help make JOBS, and help put people to work. Just to go out and get a job around Lake of the Woods and Lake Wilderness takes about a 35 to 1 hour commute, depending on traffic. This could make more jobs and have a 10-30 minute commute for people that live around VA-3 and VA-20.
Brotha of the Unborn

Norfolk, VA

#10 May 20, 2010
Derek Wyland wrote:
I live right near where the Wal-Mart has been proposed. I actually like the idea that the Wal-Mart is coming in. For one it means there will be MORE JOBS, and kids could get a job a LOT easier with the Wal-Mart. I am 16 and a student at Riverbend High School, but this means it could help our economy, help make JOBS, and help put people to work. Just to go out and get a job around Lake of the Woods and Lake Wilderness takes about a 35 to 1 hour commute, depending on traffic. This could make more jobs and have a 10-30 minute commute for people that live around VA-3 and VA-20.
How can you expect Wal-Mart to bring more jobs if such a business lives off the blood of cheap labor!? We are a nation that suffers from historic amnesia and you "Derek Wyland" seem like somebody who longs for slavery to be reinstituted in this country the same way it was before the War of Northern Aggression took place!!
dontcare

Fredericksburg, VA

#11 Aug 18, 2010
I live around the corner from this new walmart that is going up an to tell the truth I don't belive they will get the busness they think.yes it means I don't have to shop at bloom anymore woot.But Ill still go to culpepper an shop at aldi where they beat walmart any day an time on price's.an the culpepper walmart is right by aldi.all this walmart will be is for something I forget to buy or milk an alot of people in this area are in town everyday an so many shop's to pick from so why build more ?good luck walmart But we don't need you here.
Lucille McClary

Fredericksburg, VA

#12 Aug 19, 2010
Yes we do need Walmart in Locust Grove VA,If this was a Goverment building run by the UNIONS,there is no dought it would allready be standing.My mother and father said you have to work hard for what you want in life.Not set around takeing you,re money to supply others drug habbits.Put people to work ,better you,re selves ,buy the things you want .Not what the goverment will give you .
Ex Southerner

Modesto, CA

#13 Aug 21, 2010
We will not stand for this BS!! The South shall rise again, and this time we will kick Walmart's ass, along with those Yankees, Democrats, and all these stinking Obama ass kissers!!!
saleod

Richmond, VA

#14 Aug 26, 2010
South lost get over it!
Brotha of the Unborn

Norfolk, VA

#15 Sep 2, 2010
saleod wrote:
South lost get over it!
There are alot of us throughout the South who have gotten over losing the Civil War "saleod"! Have you ever explored the web-site of Life Dynamics Incorporated and watched the DVD Maafa 21? How would you feel about the Wilderness Civil War Battlefield becoming a burial ground for aborted babies!?
Tabbycat405

Delray Beach, FL

#16 Sep 9, 2010
Nickki Tillery wrote:
get over it!!!! they messed up battle field to build our houses n e way wats the big deal im sure u dont even live out here! it takes us bout 30-45 minutes just to get to wal mart nd i live in lake wilderness
I grew up in Spotslee. The last time I came home I was absolutely appalled to see how much commercial building had occured in the one year that I left. You know what I liked about growing up in Spotsylvania? Walking through the Battlefields and the cemetaries alone. In the quiet with out having to listen to cars and traffic and all the other mess. I didn't mind driving that 30 minutes to get "into town". If you don't like living that far out MOVE somewhere closer.

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