Many want to keep it that way with a new grant from the state of
"For this grant we've received $1.245 million for the Rural Legacy Program. The Antietam Battlefield of about 40 thousand acres was picked for the Rural Legacy because it has all three in abundance," said Eric Seifarth, Rural Preservation Administrator.
"The land will be protected forever. We will buy those development rights. Then the property will look pretty much as it is now," said Seifarth.
"It's special because it's preserved through grant funding from the state. It's in place to preserve open spaces in cultural and historic areas in
Instead of down-zoning and taking away rights from citizens, Seifarth said the state's funding will allow the land owner to be paid development rights.