UMB aims to sell Donaldson Brown Center
PORT DEPOSIT — The University System of Maryland is seeking state approval to sell the historic Donaldson Brown Center property to a development team that aims to turn the longtime conference center into a boutique resort.
The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) will consider a vote on declaring the Mt. Ararat Farm Road land surplus Wednesday after an earlier attempt by the university system was withdrawn Nov. 1. Opponents of the plan, led by Delegate Kevin Hornberger (R-Cecil), the town of Port Deposit and neighboring residents, are raising concerns over the new plans for the historic property though, in hopes that consideration will be delayed further.
Donated to the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 1965, the private estate of the late industrialist F. Donaldson Brown originally was the setting for entertaining world dignitaries, including presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. Today, UMB operates the property year-round for retreats, workshops, continuing education seminars or special events.
With its picturesque setting overlooking the Susquehanna River atop granite cliffs, the property is a popular wedding destination and frequent site of high-level political
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The color guard salutes during a ceremony at VFW Elkton Memorial Post No. 8175 on Saturday.
The Donaldson Brown Center was built in 1938 as a Georgian mansion for the industrialist F. Donaldson Brown Jr. and has hosted two U.S. presidents.