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MSS.069
Linda Vallandingham papers on the failed Hackerman land development near Great Mills, Maryland


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Summary Information
Biographical/Historical note
Scope and Contents note
Administrative Information
Collection Inventory

Summary Information

Repository
St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives
Title
Linda Vallandingham papers on the failed Hackerman land development near Great Mills, Maryland
ID
MSS.069
Date
2004-2010
Extent
0.125 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Small set of papers concerning the successful fight to stop a land development that was slated to take place on the Northern portion of St. Mary's River State Park and St. Mary's River Watershed Park in St. Mary's County, west of Indian Bridge Rd. near its Northwestern terminus on Maryland Route 4.

Preferred Citation note

[item description], MSS 069 Linda Vallandingham papers on the failed Hackerman land development near Great Mills, Maryland, Box [number] Folder [number], St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives.

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Biographical/Historical note

Linda Vallandingham is a St. Mary's County resident and a driving force behind the community activism surrounding the successful fight to stop a land development north of St. Mary's Lake in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

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Scope and Contents note

Small set of papers concerning the successful fight to stop a land development that was slated to take place on the Northern portion of St. Mary's River State Park and St. Mary's River Watershed Park in St. Mary's County, west of Indian Bridge Rd. near its Northwestern terminus on Maryland Route 4. The specifics of the development are complicated, involving a land developer who wished to build luxury homes and also donate land for the building of a school for the purposes of a tax write-off. This plan was complicated by the fact that some of the land in question was designated for public use and temporarily owned by a conversation group in Virginia (with the intent to sell it back to Maryland at a later date), as well as the transaction’s lack of transparency. There were also zoning questions. The school was eventually built near the site, but removed to the Wildwood development, about a mile northwest of the contested land. The press surrounding this controversy played a role in the passing of the "Disposition of Park Lands" Maryland constitutional amendment in 2006.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open without restriction.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Papers were separated from the papers of St. Mary's College of Maryland employee Anne Grulich, who conducted an oral history interview of Linda Vallandingham and prepared an article about her for a volume of the SlackWater Journal that never materialized.

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Folder

News articles 2004-2006 

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Letters to the St. Mary's County Planning Commission (2004 November 8, 2004 November 11, 2006 May 2), Director of Land Use and Management (2004 December 20), and letter with no recipient (undated) 2004-2006, undated 

2

Disposition of Park Lands, Maryland Constitutional Amendment (Southern Maryland Trail Riders memo), passed in 2006 2006 

3

Summary written by Linda Vallandingham 2010 November 18 

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