HEAR YE! HEAR YE! ALL OF AMERICA
The Developers are coming! The Developers are coming!
Join in the effort to preserve the lands now at risk which encompass the Revolutionary War Battle of Cooch\'s Bridge in New Castle County, Delaware. The running skirmish between Aikentown (Glasgow) and Iron Hill was our first defensive action against the Red Coats\' late summer 1777 advance from the Head of Elk to Philadelphia. The Patriots succeeded in stalling the British and Hessians troops and inflicting a great many casualties. A history park will boost tourism in nearby counties of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Three key properties in the Pencader Hundred, New Castle County, DE, are now threatened:
* Royal Farms plans to develop the corner of Rte. 72 and Old Baltimore Pike on the gateway of the historic battle grounds at Cooch\'s Bridge, even as the surrounding lands are safely under state control.
* Walgreens had planned to demolish the colonial Brook\'s house and barn to develop the corner of Rte. 40 and old Rte. 896, a property which anchors the Aiken\'s Tavern National Historic District.
* A developer, Stephen J. Nichols in Glasgow, DE, purchased the neighboring farm (the Barczewski property) on November 10, 2005, so that 224 houses, a shopping center, a public elementary school, and a church parking lot can be built. The 236 acres of the farm contain 11 documented Native American prehistoric archeological sites, earthen trenches from the British occupation of Aikentown (Glasgow) in 1777, remnants of the B. H. Latrobe feeder canal from 1804, and several structures from 1815 that are on the National Register of Historic Places (Dr. Samuel Henry Black). General Lafayette named the farm \"La Grange\" while a visitor there in 1824.
What you can do:
Friends of Historic Glasgow Park
P.O. Box 428
Fulton, MD 20759
Phone: 302-294-1939 (Nancy Willing)
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* Neighborhood Link: Friends of Historic Glasgow www.neighborhoodlink.com/org/historicglasgow * \"Citizens work to save historic landmarks\" by Megan Sullivan, city news editor. The Review Online, independent student newspaper of the University of DE. 3/19/2004; Vol. 130, No. 39. http://www.review.udel.edu/article.phparticle_id=1898 * New Castle County, DE, Land Use infomation, including the entire Unified Development Code can be found at: http://www.co.new-castle.de.us * Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/ * National Register of Historic Places: http://www.historicdistricts.com * NRHP, Delaware, New Castle County, Historic Districts: http://www.historicdistricts.com/DE/New+Castle/districts.html * Delaware State Historic Preservation Office: http://www.state.de.us/shpo/default.shtml * Pencader Heritage Area Association: http://WWW.pencaderheritage.org/ * Cooch\'s Bridge Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution: http://members.aol.com/DEAncestor/coocbrid.htm * Delaware Heritage Commission, Battle of Cooch\'s Bridge: http://www.state.de.us/heritage/battle.htm * Iron Hill Museum: http://www.ironhillmuseum.org/ * Preservation Delaware, Inc.: http://www.preservationde.org/ * Historical Society of Delaware: http://www.hsd.org/ * Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) at the University of DE: http://www.udel.edu/CHAD/ * DelDOT Archaeology and Historic Preservation: http://www.deldot.net/static/projects/archaeology/index.html * Archaeological Society of Delaware: http://www.delawarearchaeology.org/ * National Trust for Historic Preservation: http://www.nationaltrust.org/ * Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: http://www.achp.gov/ * USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/ * Delaware, Department of State, Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs: http://www.state.de.us/sos/histcult.shtml * Delaware State Parks: http://www.destateparks.com/ * Department of Anthropology, University of DE: http://www.udel.edu/anthro/ * National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Historic Sites in Delaware: http://www.freedomcenter.org/index.cfmfuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=B327A7B6-F31C-43B0-AE42D607CF96F18D * Delaware State Museums: http://www.destatemuseums.org/
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