During the post–World War II period, a combination of individuals and institutions worked together to secure the permanent stewardship of the vista visible across the Potomac River from George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation. Called “Operation Overview,” the campaign resulted in the creation of the only unit of the National Park System designed to protect the viewshed from a historic property. The establishment of Piscataway Park required cooperation, creativity, and compromise among those parties interested in stabilizing the setting of the iconic view from Washington’s home.
Operation Overview and the Creation of Piscataway Park
John Sprinkle joined the National Park Service’s National Historic Landmarks Program in late 1998 after a decade as a private sector historic preservation consultant. He was later assigned to the Federal Preservation Institute and now works in the Park History Program. Recently elected to the NCPH Board of Directors, he holds a PhD from the College of William and Mary and is the author of Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation (2014).
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John H. Sprinkle; Operation Overview and the Creation of Piscataway Park. The Public Historian 1 November 2016; 38 (4): 79–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2016.38.4.79
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