The 48 acres of Yowell Meadow Park are historically significant for both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In 1775 it was called, "Old Clayton's Field" and was an encampment for the Culpeper Minutemen. During the Civil War, the area was also an "encampment due to its strategic location, protection by a hillside and abundance of water from Mountain Run." (Waverly Lee) In 1979 The Town of Culpeper began a plan for Yowell's Meadow. In 1984 The Citizens' Committee renewed interest in developing the park. At that time the area was largely a watershed and parts, or all of it, flooded after rain storms. "Extensive drainage improvements were undertaken in 1998 which included the installation of large under-drains and the contruction of the pond." (Waverly Lee)
I talked with Bill Yowell about the park. His grandfather donated the land to the city. As a boy he remembers playing in Mountain Run which still flows through the park. He said that even though a dam was built near what is now the third tee of the golf course, that the area still flooded when it rained. He noted that as a young man he hunted in the area that is now the park.
We are fortunate to be able to enjoy the finished product and to benefit from those far-sighted citizens who saw the potential benenfit to the town and the citizens.
It is fun to watch parents teach their children about nature at Yowell Meadow Park. Geese are plentiful, beautiful and messy. :)
I have made several trips to "the park" while shooting this blog. It is never empty although sometimes the people are not readily evident. There is always something interesting there or at least someone interesting. One place that is never silent is the skating park. Including the skating park in Yowell Meadow Park was an excellent idea and probably saved wear and tear on local buildings.
Tyler was skating one morning practicing his moves. He is older than lots of the kids that use the ramp and probably enjoyed being there on a school day when he had the place to himself.
Yowell Meadow is for special events like the Run/Walk for MS.......