Monday, April 10, 2006

Federally-mandated Growth Controls Across Four States Proposed 

AP Via WTOP Radio: Preservationists Seek Heritage Trail Designation
Apr 10th - 4:55pm

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Virginia congressman announced plans Monday to preserve a nearly 200-mile, history-rich corridor that stretches along U.S. Route 15 from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Virginia to Gettysburg, Pa.

The proposed four-state National Heritage Area, known as the "Journey Through Hallowed Ground," includes 13 national parks, 47 historic districts and dozens if historic downtowns that played roles in the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

"The Journey Through Hallowed Ground holds more American history than any other region of the country," Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., said at a news conference in Leesburg, Va.

Wolf's bill will be introduced when Congress returns from spring break the week of April 23. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., will introduce a Senate version of the bill, which would designate the corridor one of 28 National Heritage Areas in the country.

Kat Imhoff, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation that runs Monticello, said the goal of the heritage area designation is
tying the sites together while promoting tourism and managing growth to preserve history for future generations.

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