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Quickstep
03-09-2010, 07:03 PM
The March/April issue of Maryland Life Magazine includes a feature story titled "Endangered Maryland 2010 11 new sites worth saving" http://marylandlife.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=issue.featured_story&story_ID=317

One these sites is Fox's Tavern, which sits at the base of Fox's Gap, site of famous fighting during the Battle of S. Mountain. (Confederate General Samuel Garland and Federal General Jesse Reno both received mortal wounds during the heavy fighting near Fox's Gap. Future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley participated in the battle. It is here that Union soldiers dumped 60 Confederate bodies down Farmer Wise's well.)

http://www.marylandlife.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=athome.athome_article&story_ID=322

There's a good picture of the tavern and an interview with some civilian reenactor named Elizabeth Bauer, whose name seems somehow familiar... ;)

Those who participated in the S. Mountain preservation march last year organized by A. Scanlon will recall that Dominion Power now owns the tavern and the land directly behind it, where they want to build their gas compressor station monstrosity. They couldn't have picked a more inappropriate site--not only is Fox's Tavern on the property, it's in the direct viewshed of the S. Mountain Battlefield and the Appalachian Trail. It's adjacent to two organic farms and is located smack in the middle of agricultural conservation land. But hey! It's directly on their pipeline route, so why even consider the other 3 commercially zoned properties that are available elsewhere in the county?

Anyway, major parts of both armies passed right by this tavern on their way up to the gap, and many say it was used as a hospital during the battle, although I'm not sure about that. DTI will likely maintain the tavern in its current form given the high visibility it has within the historical community, but keeping the gas compressor station out looks to be an ongoing battle.

Quickstep
03-12-2010, 02:24 PM
The designation of Fox's Tavern as an endangered CW historical site was picked up by The Frederick News Post, which ran an article on the story today:

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=102365

There's a good picture of the tavern from the other side, which shows how close the road comes to the structure.

Also, there are rumors circulating that DTI is considering donating the tavern to a local historical society as some kind of goodwill gesture, but I can't image them doing that without expecting something in return (such as tacit approval or outright endorsement of their plans to build a $55 million utility plant on the land behind it).

Quickstep
03-25-2010, 10:16 AM
The Frederick News Post ran another story that mentions Fox's tavern, the CWPT, and the preservation efforts surrounding the S. Mountain battlefield, this time focusing on the efforts of that reenactor lady Elizabeth Bauer, whose name still sounds familiar...;)

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=102862

The Citizens for the Preservation of Middletown Valley is the group that sponsored the S. Mountain preservation march last year. Elizabeth is a civilian member of the 3rd US Regular Infantry and portrays a seamstress.

It's already started a debate in the "comments" section.

Brian Wolle
04-03-2010, 09:42 AM
amazing how you are getting no responses to this. It also happened to me. The ones that did write only made fun. Things have changed.
I'm in Frederick co, so I will look to join. I go to Little Round Top a lot; maybe I can hand out leaflets?

Quickstep
04-03-2010, 12:21 PM
amazing how you are getting no responses to this. It also happened to me. The ones that did write only made fun. Things have changed. I'm in Frederick co, so I will look to join. I go to Little Round Top a lot; maybe I can hand out leaflets?

Thanks, Brian. Everything helps when it comes to preserving the S. Mountain Battlefield. Here's the CPMV website. http://www.cpmv.org/ I'll let them know you're interested in lending a hand! Appreciate the offer.