Colonial-style farm to close amid dispute with Park Service

December 19, 2018

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A colonial-style farm in northern Virginia is slated to close amid a years-long dispute with the National Park Service.

The Washington Post reports the nonprofit group that manages Claude Moore Colonial Farm on federal land rejected an agreement offered by the National Park Service that would have initiated increased oversight.

The farm and Park Service had clashed over the farm’s funding and a 2015 report that questioned the farm’s maintenance, safety practices and financial relationships with private contractors.

A Park Service statement from this summer says the terms offered were “standard for thousands of national park partners across the country.” Claude Moore Director Elliott Curzon asserted the terms onerous “bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo.”

The 77-acre (31-hectare) living-history museum dedicated to depicting lower-class colonial life will close Friday, barring a last-minute agreement.


Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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