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Team says plan for National Park Service museum near Harpers Ferry on track

February 08, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two people working on details of a planned $250 million National Park Service museum near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., appeared before the Jefferson County Commission Thursday to emphasize that the project is still on track.

A development team known as Stonewall Heights, LLC is proposing a museum that would be built on top of a mountain at a site that includes the former Old Standard Quarry off Millville Road.

The proposal involves scraping off the top of the mountain, building the facility, and placing fill over the structure, helping it to blend with the natural surroundings.

The National Park Service has a large number of artifacts related to personalities and places such as Ford's Theatre, President Lincoln and Robert E. Lee, The museum would be used to house such artifacts, officials with the project have said.

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Bradley Gray, spokesman for Stonewall Heights, LLC, told the Commission that a presentation has been made to the National Park Service about a site plan for museum.

Gray said he hopes an agreement on the project can be ratified soon.

"We're here and we're not going anywhere," Gray said.

Herb Jonkers, a managing member of the Old Standard Quarry property, also appeared before the commission.

"We are working continually with Stonewall Heights to see this through to fruition," Jonkers said.

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