The last undeveloped Revolutionary War era prisoner-of-war camp has been saved from encroaching development. Camp Security is surrounded by residential neighborhoods just east of York, Pennsylvania. Between the summer of 1781 and spring of 1783, the camp housed more than 1,000 British and Canadian prisoners, who were guarded by members of the York County Militia and Convention troops. During the war there were very few camps like this constructed, and all have been destroyed by development – all except for Camp Security.
For more than 10 years the site of Camp Security was been threatened by a proposed housing development known as “Hunter’s Crossing”. A group of concerned citizens known as “Friends of Camp Security” was formed with a goal of saving this nationally significant site from destruction. A non-profit group called “The Conservation Fund” (TCF) has purchased the final tract of Camp Security property, ensuring its survival for future generations to enjoy. The Friends of Camp Security have already raised $350,000 and are asking for the public’s assistance in raising the remaining $650,000 to repay TCF. ALL money donated will be used towards the loan repayment.
You can read more in an article at http://www.preservingyork.com/2012/05/15/camp-security/.
You can also learn more about Camp Security at http://www.campsecurity.com/.
My thanks to Blake Stough for telling me about the article.
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