ANNAPOLIS - Land near Sharpsburg that has been farmed since the Civil War will be protected from development through a Rural Legacy grant approved recently.
Washington County will hold a conservation easement on the 45.9-acre Ingram property southeast of Sharpsburg.
The easement was purchased by a $110,626 Rural Legacy grant approved Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works, according to a press release from Gov. Parris Glendening's office.
The farm, which is now used to raise beef cattle, is off Harpers Ferry Road near Mills Road, said Eric Seifarth, the county's farmland preservation coordinator.
During the Civil War, the area was used by soldiers for encampments, he said.
The highest point on the property, which is covered by trees, can be seen from nearby Antietam National Battlefield. About 8,300 acres of land surrounding the battlefield are protected from development by various easement programs.