|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||August 5, 2008|
|Contact:||Joy Oakes, Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association, Phone: 202.454.3386|
Judge Denies Bond Sought by American Revolution Center, Park Advocates' Appeal Moves Forward
"We are gratified by Montgomery County Judge Bernard Moore’s decision to deny the bond sought by the American Revolution Center (ARC). Protecting the historic character of Valley Forge National Historical Park from this oversized, commercialized museum development on private land within park boundaries is a serious matter, and our appeal is well-founded.
ARC’s proposal would forever change Valley Forge by building a museum, a hotel and conference center, and parking lots for RVs and buses on what is now historic open meadows and woods—an area vital to the Continental Army encampment. Recognized for its historical significance, the land at risk is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
The historic character of Valley Forge deserves protection, and that’s the heart of our appeal. We remain committed to protecting this national icon for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. In a hundred years, the historic character of Valley Forge will be more valuable than any modern development that could be built there today."
Statement by: Joy Oakes, Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association