Earlier this week, new developments in the ongoing debate over protecting the viewshed of George Washington’s Mount Vernon were revealed and preservationists are cautiously optimistic about the future of this historic landscape.

On the heels of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s recent listing of the viewshed as one of the nation’s most endangered historic places, Dominion Energy is now purportedly pursuing a new location for the natural gas compressor station.

According to a recent article in the Bay Journal, “The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and Dominion Energy released joint statements the first week of July saying that they would work together to evaluate “alternatives” to the company’s planned location for a natural gas compressor station in Charles County, Maryland.”

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This potential resolution is an undeniable reminder of the value of advocacy and the power of broad coalitions.

Preservation Maryland, which joined the broader community in opposing this compressor station, applauds the effort to find an alternative location and intends on remaining fully involved in this effort until a final, permanent and acceptable resolution is found.

Additionally, Preservation Maryland is considering potential options to further protect the viewshed and is prepared to work with local and regional partners to secure this critical landscape for future generations.

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