State his­toric site is be­ing threatened

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It has come to my at­ten­tion that a lo­cal na­tional his­toric site is un­der threat. Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm are headed for the bull­dozer un­der the guid­ance of Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R). This na­tional park on the shores of the Po­tomac River where chil­dren from the cities and sub­urbs can go and learn about life on the farm, this place you would think would be safe from devel­op­ment, may soon be no more than a mem­ory.

As a child the first time and only time I milked a cow was at this farm. I re­mem­ber the horses in their stalls and learn­ing about mules how they are part don­key, part horse, and ster­ile, much like the plans for the de­struc­tion of this park. They showed us how to shuck corn and we made corn husk dolls. A lady showed us how to weave lit­tle bas­kets and we got to take them home. I re­mem­ber go­ing here and hear­ing men play their ban­jos and fid­dles.

Now I hear there may be a new sta­dium built here. What about the water­shed and pro­tect­ing our nat­u­ral ar­eas for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions?

I feel duped by Gov. Ho­gan all in the name of rev­enue and sports en­ter­tain­ment.

I do not re­mem­ber one foot­ball game I have ever seen, but I do re­mem­ber Oxon Hill Farm, and I be­lieve that places like these should be preserved for the chil­dren of this com­mu­nity and not turned un­der for con­crete go­liaths that will only be aban­doned in 20 to 30 years’ time.

Erin Frere has started a pe­ti­tion on Change.org to save Oxon Cove Park.

I urge any­one who reads this to check it out the pe­ti­tion and sign it. Erin Smith, Fort Wash­ing­ton

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