WISH LIST: $100: outfits a colonial interpreter in period clothing; $500: produces an educational sign describing environmental restoration projects; $1000: sponsors a performance at African American Heritage Day
George Washington once said of Mount Vernon, “No estate in the United America is more pleasantly situated than this.” But just over fifty years ago, plans were underway to industrialize the land that Washington’s home overlooks. Founded in response, the Accokeek Foundation became one of the nation’s first land trusts and was named protector of the hundreds of acres it sought to save. Today, visitors hike a network of trails through the wetlands, visit a native tree arboretum, and observe an award-winning forest restoration project. Accokeek has used part of the preserve to build the National Colonial Farm, a living history museum that depicts a Maryland family farm on the eve of the American Revolution. Nearly extinct heirloom crops and heritage breed animals are preserved here for future generations. The Foundation’s organic Ecosystem Farm stresses the future of agriculture as organic farmers learn the tools of a new trade, and visitors follow their progress. And the new Center for Agricultural and Environmental Stewardship teaches and inspires sustainability in agriculture and everyday life. The Foundation hosts over 35,000 visitors annually, including 6,000 students. Please help protect this great national treasure!
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