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Greenway organization secures grant to aid Rodgers Tavern restoration in Perryville

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The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway presented the Town of Perryville with a check for $32,678 earlier this month to help with the renovation of the historic Rodgers Tavern on the town's waterfront.

The check, presented to Mayor Jim Eberhardt on Feb. 5, is from a Neighborhood Business Works Grant that the organization collaborated on and received from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

The purpose of the grant is to help with the restoration of the Rodgers Tavern for future public use as a focal point of downtown Perryville business development, according to a news release from the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway announcing the grant.

The historic tavern was once owned by Colonel John Rodgers, who operated a ferry crossing often used by General George Washington in the 1700s. LSHG's grant management capability and related technical expertise were instrumental in securing the funding for the grant, the organization said in its news release.

The Town of Perryville has been gradually redeveloping the waterfront around the historic building. LSHG was instrumental in securing a significant amount of the funding for the $2 million-plus Rodgers Tavern Pier and Floating Dock that opened last May.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a linkage to natural, historic and cultural resources through land and water recreational trails.

According to the organization, 22 miles of continuous public recreation trails connecting Harford and Cecil counties have been constructed to date. The trail system has been designated priority segments of both the Star-Spangled Banner and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trails. For more information, visit hitourtrails.com.

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