Na­tional his­toric site should re­main in place for new gen­er­a­tions to en­joy

The Enterprise - - Community Forum -

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 Red­skins 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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