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?fu...y&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.)
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.