Cultural Landscapes of the Eastern Shore

Kent County emains a truly picturesque rural, historic landscape, but recently, solar and wind farms have been proposed, which could drastically alter the look and feel of the region. Preservation Maryland will work with our Eastern Shore partners to better understand the threats to Maryland’s historic landscape while offering alternative solutions and locations to produce renewable energy.


Partners: Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance, 1000 Friends of Maryland, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

The Problem

Kent County remains a truly picturesque rural, historic landscape, but recently, solar and wind farms have been proposed, which could drastically alter the look and feel of the region. Hundreds of acres could eventually be converted to this new use. While no one questions that clean energy is necessary for a more sustainable future, it should not come at the expense of the state’s history and heritage.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will work with our Eastern Shore partners, including the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance to better understand the threats to Maryland’s historic landscape while offering alternative solutions and locations to produce renewable energy. We will also work with our partners in the Environmental community, including 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, to identify common ground between the environmental and historic preservation community.

Updates

May 2020

Kent County, Maryland’s picturesque historic and natural resources were the subject of a model report which confirmed the unique and unparalleled opportunities for preservation in this eastern shore county. For their inspired and innovative undertaking of the Preliminary Cultural Landscape Assessment of Kent County, Maryland, the project team comprised of the Kent Conservation & Preservation AllianceBarton Ross & Associates, McGinnis Landscape (now Kennon Williams Landscape Studio), Heritage Strategies, and Washington College Center for Environment and Society, will receive the Smart Growth Excellence Award from Preservation Maryland and Smart Growth Maryland.

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APRIL 2020

With funding from Preservation Maryland, the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance has prepared and released a report and interactive map about the Eastern Shore county’s historic rural landscape.

ACCESS REPORT

September 2017

Recently, the Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance received a Heritage Fund grant from Preservation Maryland, as well as a grant from the  National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund, to conduct an inventory of the outstanding scenic and historical cultural landscape in Kent County that is currently threatened by energy sprawl.

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