Photo by Loy Elliott

PRESERVING HERITAGE IN THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN REGION

Held in conjunction with the Cumberland County Historical Society, this event explored innovative partnerships emerging around the preservation of the South Mountain landscape. Kimberly Williams (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) discussed the layers of history held within the forested slopes of South Mountain – history which is a key ingredient in the region’s strong sense of place. Williams highlighted stories of natural wealth, refuge (historically for those fleeing slavery and for those seeking improved health – and today for those seeking recreation and solitude), and the conflict of a contested landscape during the Civil War era.

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