Mar 25, 2008

Historians hopeful about preserving proving ground’s bomb infested dirt

(Examiner) - A backhoe bit into a building last week at Aberdeen Proving Ground that had stood since World War II, clearing the way for construction projects that will reshape the look and mission of the base over the next few years.
As the Army at APG undertakes its biggest expansion since that war as the result of the federal Base Realignment and Closure process, engineers have cautioned that moving roads, tearing down old buildings and creating new ones could disrupt artifacts and archaeological sites ranging back to the earliest European settlement of northern Maryland.
But some historians argue the area’s history is safer in the hands of the military. Continued

The oldest house in Harford County, "Maxwell's Conclusion" was built on Gunpowder Neck in the 18th century and burned down by the Army in the 20th.


Matthew said...

Lest you feel left out, I'm waiting to write more about the architectural history hidden behind the fence... APG will be doing another restoration on the Quiet Lodge and the methodist meeting house next month, they say. I'll be in touch then and we can discuss what's left vs. what's been lost already.