Maryland to sell battlefield park bits

Much has been made here of Maryland's "virtual" battlefield park, South Mountain, a Civil War "destination" that - being primarily made up of easements - cannot be visited. However, there are exceptions to this rule, tiny islands of outright state ownership.

Seven of these are to be sold off by the state:
Shedding state land, [the governor] says, allows the state to raise money, eliminate maintenance costs and restore land to the tax rolls.

This sale represents the possibility of starting a South Mountain battlefield collection, however futile that might be. Unfortunately, a lake is part of the sale, and the possibility of development around the lake will have great effects on Fox's or Turner's Gap.

Non-Marylanders take note: keep your battlefield land out of state hands.

(Hat tip to Tim Reese.)