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THE WIDER VIEW:

Real History? Or Disney? Faced with plans for a giant Disney theme park in Haymarket, Virginia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Northern Piedmont area of Virginia to the 1994 li st of" America's Eleven Most Endangered Places." The Northern Piedmont's gentle landscape is dotted with 22 Civil War battlefields, including Manassas and Chancellorsville, pre-Revolutionary War villages and roads , and the homes of three presidents: Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), James Madison (Montpelier), and James Monroe (Ash Lawn). Much of the countryside is unchanged since George Washingon farmed there. The area includes 50% of Virginia's orchards and vineyards as well as the heart of its horse-breeding. The 405-acre theme park is only part of the Disney project, which also plans a racetrack, a 21,000-seat amphitheater, an auto racecourse, two million square feet ofcommercial space and 2,500 residences. It is a huge commercial undertaking. Virginia's governor, GeorgeF. Allen, and most local elected officials support the project, citing the 19 ,000 jobs and 6 million visitors that the enterprise is expected to create. But even as the Virginia legislature approved$ l 63 million in subsidies-most to upgrade roads in the project areaopposition was growing among local residents. They have been joined by such prominent historians as Shelby Foote, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and David McCullough. Mr. McCullough summed it up: "We have so little left that's authentic and real . ... Once this commercial blitzkrig comes, it will never be the same again. " The National Trust invites citizens to contact their US senators and representatives and urge them to "make every effort to protect our heritage." Sea History believes: • Our history belongs to all Americans, from Maine to Hawaii; and all Americans have a legitimate interest in what affects these treasured landmarks. •Flashy, noisy presentations overpower the slower, more thoughtful and thorough presentations of real historic sites. • While a development of this size will create jobs, it should not be built where it will intrude on some of the nation's most revered historic places. •The right of a private company to present history for commercial reasons, or to build housing and racetracks is not the issue; it is the inappropriateness of the location. We welcome our readers' views. J, SEA HISTORY 70, SUMMER 1994

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