Friday, April 17, 2009

An Opportunity to make your voice heard about a LOST opportunity

Please join us this Tuesday, April 14 to show your support for protecting the viewshed of the Leaverton House in Caroline County. The Board of Zoning Appeals will make a ruling on the proposal to construct a new cell tower on the Harriet Tubman Underground Byway Corridor in Caroline County. This proposal should be denied by the Caroline County Board of Zoning Appeals because its construction would adversely affect an important cultural and historical resource in the county. This tower, which is proposed for 4321 Langrell Road, would have a tremendous adverse impact on the viewshed of and to the Leaverton house, one of the main stopping houses along the Underground Railroad in Maryland. It is the last standing such “station,” and it is a critical component of future interpretation of the Underground Railroad and pending National Historical Park.
In 2005 ESLC identified the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway corridor as one of our highest priority conservation areas due to its tremendous importance to the culture and heritage of this region. In an effort to save this important resource, ESLC is working with several of the landowners along the corridor on voluntary preservation options, are active with several other government and private protection efforts, and we nominated the Corridor as one of Maryland’s “Last Chance Landscapes” in 2007 - a designation which was awarded by Scenic Maryland.
Based on the obvious impact of a cell tower at the proposed location on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway corridor, and because of the critical importance of this historic area to telling one of America’s greatest freedom stories and celebrating its hero Harriet Tubman, ESLC is strongly opposed to this proposed cell tower.

We encourage the Caroline residents to show their opposition to the Board of Appeals to help protect one of the County’s most important cultural resources.
Please show your support for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway by attending Tuesday's meeting. It will be held at 7:30 pm at the Health & Public Service Building, 403 S. 7th Street, Room 110, Denton, Maryland 21629.

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