Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decided that Dominion Transmission Inc. (DTI) must build its natural gas compressor station at a site other than next to the historic Foxís Tavern, which is close to the South Mountain battlefield at Foxís Gap.
This culminates a struggle that has been going on for more than 4 years and was included on the Civil War Trustís Most Endangered sites list for 3 years in a row.
Foxís Tavern is a historic structure dating to the 1700s. It is still habitable and sits on rolling farmland in the midst of a rural legacy conversation district. It served as a field hospital during the battle of South Mountain and is close to Foxís Gap.
Four years ago, DTI bought the farmland that includes Foxís Tavern and announced their plans to build an above-ground natural gas compressor station there. Citizens for the Preservation of Middletown Valley (CPMV) http://www.cpmv.org/ was formed to get the facility relocated. Civil War reenactors held a preservation march on behalf of this effort in 2009. After four years of filings, studies, and campaigning, the CPMVís efforts have paid off!
(The alternate site chosen by the FERC is zoned commercial, surrounded by other industrial use properties, is adjacent to an interstate highway, and is situated next to a sewer plant.)