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Mount Airy Town Council to consider Civil War heritage area designation


Mount Airy Town Council could decide at its monthly meeting today to become a Maryland Civil War Heritage Area. A resolution is on the agenda.

The town and several Carroll municipalities are considering the Maryland Heritage Preservation and Tourism Areas Program, a 2-year-old project designed to help communities protect and promote their resources.

Joining the regional effort will help towns draw historic tourism.

Horses, wagons, cannons and soldiers passed through Carroll County on their way to major battles -- most notably, Gettysburg. In 1863, Union Gen. George G. Meade, planning for a major battle with Gen. Robert E. Lee along Big Pipe Creek, set up camp outside Taneytown.

Washington and Frederick counties -- the sites of well-known clashes between Confederate and Union troops -- are also involved in the effort.

Civil War sites account for thousands of Maryland's annual tourists. Visitors stayed in the state an average of 2.4 days in fiscal 1998, up from 2.2 days the previous year. The national average stay for travelers in fiscal 1998 was 3.3 days.

Tourism officials in Carroll, Washington and Frederick counties are hoping to increase the time visitors stay by offering a comprehensive Civil War experience.

The council will meet at 8 p.m. today at Town Hall, 110 S. Main St.

Information: 410- 795-6012.

Pub Date: 2/01/99

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