Sharpsburg may not endorse heritage area

February 02, 1999

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members decided Monday night to wait a week before deciding whether to support an application for a Civil War Heritage Area that would include the town.

Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties are applying to the state to be recognized as a Civil War Heritage Area.

The recognition would make towns in those areas eligible for tourism and financial benefits and the entire heritage areas would be eligible for state grants, loans and income tax credits, according to the proposal.

Under the proposal, most of southern Washington County and all municipalities in the county would be included in the heritage area.

The application for the heritage area must be submitted by the end of February.

"I'm personally not for doing anything on a whim," said Councilman Ralph Hammond.

The council will discuss whether to support the application during Monday night's 7:30 p.m. special meeting, Mayor George Kesler said. A public hearing and special meeting is being held so the council can vote on whether to adopt proposed architectural guidelines.


Councilman Russ Weaver said he would be absent Monday.

Weaver said he would oppose becoming part of the heritage area because he is against exploiting Antietam National Battlefield for tourism.

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