New Consensus Building Plan for the South Mountain Battlefield

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Claude Bauer

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A new study from Preservation Maryland recommends 11 steps to further preserve South Mountain Battlefield. It should come as no surprise that it found"...virtually no support for a suggestion that battlefield land might be traded as part of a deal to build a new football stadium" among the organizations that have an interest in the area.

You can download a copy of the Public Consensus Building Plan for the South Mountain Battlefield here:

The study was prepared by Hanbury Preservation Consulting and William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research, and the 11 steps include:

• Starting an "informal but organized battlefield preservation network."
• Reviewing preservation tools and assessing them for areas of conflict.
• Developing a "strategic approach for the use of traditional preservation tools."
• Creating ways to help understand the "physical scope and extent of the battlefield."
• Communicating clearly through a consistent brand.
• Advocating on behalf of battlefield preservation.
• Addressing transportation issues in ways that range from publications to shuttle services. Nicholas Redding of Preservation Maryland called the battlefield "an extremely well-protected place," and said "the challenge is getting people around."
• Improving interpretation in various ways, including coordination of sites and events.
• Developing a cultural landscape report and an archaeological assessment. Redding said some archaeological work already has started, in partnership with the Maryland State Highway Administration.
• Defining and tracking the impact of battlefield tourism.
• Supporting local and statewide efforts for preservation and interpretation.
 
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