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2 local attractions make America’s 11 most endangered historic places

Mount Vernon and the Annapolis City Dock area made this year's list of the 11 most endangered historic places in the U.S., put out by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

WASHINGTON — The D.C. area is home to some of America’s most beautiful and significant historic places but historic status does not guarantee safety for all of these areas, especially in the face of recent legislation.

Two sites in particular joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s endangered list this past week.

The first is endangered location is Mount Vernon.

Dominion Energy has proposed building a gas compressor station directly adjacent to Piscataway National Park, across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, which could impact the view from George Washington’s former home.

Mount Vernon president and CEO Doug Bradburn told WTOP’s partner NBC Washington that the views are being threatened.

“Dominion Energy can move their compressor station,” Bradburn said. “We can’t move Mount Vernon.”

Dominion Power spokesperson Karl Neddenien told WTOP’s partner NBC Washington that the compressor station will be three miles away in wooded area, and not visible from Mount Vernon.

Development on the site is already underway, and Dominion said it has no plan to move.

The second endangered place is the City Dock Area in Annapolis, Maryland.

The National Trust’s list said that a current proposal to rezone portions of the Colonial Annapolis Historic District could threaten tourism and quality of life for locals. The National Trust’s website said the proposal undermines current laws and could permanently damage the area’s charm.

WTOP’s Melissa Howell contributed to this report.


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