Valley Forge Agreement Seen as a Model for the GU Boathouse Issue
In a news release issued on July 1, 2009, the National Park Service announced an agreement with the American Revolution Center, an organization that had long sought to build a new museum on property within Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania.
Under the agreement, the Center would instead establish its museum at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. This outcome provides a highly appropriate setting for the new museum while protecting the historical landscape of Valley Forge.
In a July 11 letter, the Defenders of Potomac River Parkland sent congratulations on the Valley Forge agreement to Dan Wenk, Acting Director of NPS. The Defenders urged that NPS adopt a similar policy toward the C&O Canal National Historical Park, thereby protecting established parkland from a proposal to build a large private Georgetown University boathouse within the NHP..