2359Re: [TalkAntietam] Civil War site added to Harpers Ferry park
- Nov 22, 2005WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!!!
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Subject: [TalkAntietam] Civil War site added to Harpers Ferry park
> >From today's Hagerstown Herald-Mail:
> Civil War site added to Harpers Ferry park
> HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Another 70 acres of School House Ridge property has
been acquired for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, putting the park
closer to having all the land it hoped to obtain in the historic area.
> The Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization, and
the National Park Service announced Monday the acquisition of the Ott
property in School House Ridge. The Trust for Public Land worked with the
Ott family, which has owned the property for several generations, to secure
an option to purchase the land on the north side of U.S. 340 at the
intersection with Bakerton Road for $2.47 million, according to a press
release from The Trust for Public Land.
> School House Ridge is where Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson oversaw the
capture of 12,500 troops in 1862, the largest capture in the Civil War. It
remained the largest military capture until World War II. School House
Ridge is considered to be the most significant battlefield in West Virginia
because 37,000 troops were involved in Jackson's siege, Civil War experts
> No other West Virginia battle involved that many troops. School House
Ridge consists of rolling farmland on both sides of U.S. 340 west of Harpers
Ferry. Congress recently authorized a 1,240-acre expansion of Harpers Ferry
National Historical Park and about 600 of those acres were identified as
areas the park wanted to preserve in School House Ridge, park Superintendent
Donald Campbell said Monday.
> Only one large tract - which is about 74 acres - remains in the School
House Ridge area which the park hopes to acquire, Campbell said. Campbell
praised West Virginia congressional members, The Trust for Public Land, the
Ott family and others in bringing the latest tract under protection.
> "The Ott farm is at the heart of the matter, the center of the Confederate
line where General Stonewall Jackson orchestrated his brilliant victory over
Union forces - the farm is where history happened," said Campbell.
> "School House Ridge is a unique historic landscape whose future is now
assured," said Alan Front, senior vice president of the Trust for Public
Land. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park plans to establish walking
trails in the School House Ridge area and interpretive areas to explain the
history of the area, Campbell said.
> Public restrooms and parking areas also will be constructed, said
Campbell, adding that the improvements should be open to the public by next
> POSTED BY: Tom Shay
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