Linda Vallandingham papers on the failed Hackerman land development near Great Mills, Maryland
Scope and Contents
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 complex and involve a land developer who sought 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 public debate surrounding this controversy played a role in the passing of the "Disposition of Park Lands" Maryland constitutional amendment in 2006.
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Collection is open without restriction.
Biographical / Historical
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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Small set of papers concerning the successful fight to halt 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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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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