Fort Ritchie

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For the larger census-designated place, see Fort Ritchie, Maryland.
Fort Ritchie
eponym:Albert Ritchie
Part of United States Army
northern Washington County, Maryland
Site information
Site history
In use 1926-1998
Battles/wars World War II, Cold War
Garrison information
Past
commanders
Colonel Butz

Fort Ritchie at Cascade, Maryland was a military installation southwest of Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania and southeast of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania in the area of South Mountain. Following the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, it closed in 1998: "Out the Gate, by '98".

History[edit]

In 1815, the Buena Vista Ice Company constructed two lakes at the site.[1] It was controlled by the Maryland National Guard from 1926–1942;[2] the US Army activated the Military Intelligence Training Center (MITC) on June 19, 1942 [1] and trained 19,600 intelligence troops, including the Ritchie Boys. Support for Raven Rock Mountain Complex transferred to Fort Detrick on October 1, 1997.

Historic Preservation at Fort Ritchie[edit]

The Corporate Office Properties Trust intended to redevelopment---preserving historic buildings, finding new uses for them, and maintaining the natural beauty of the land and its lakes. Unfortunately, COPT walked away from the deal two years ago and now no redevelopment is going on at the fort. [3]

Today[edit]

Fort Ritchie is a new mixed-use development. Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), developer of the project, is creating a "live-work-play" community designed to be an environment that inspires success. The plan intends the new community of Fort Ritchie to become a regional economic engine by attracting Fortune 500 companies, government tenants, small businesses, and residents. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fort Ritchie through the Decades". Fort Ritchie at Cascade. Corporate Office Properties Trust. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Fort Ritchie BRAC/Environmental Impact Statement". Retrieved 2010-01-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ Historic Preservation at Fort Ritchie.
  4. ^ Fort Ritchie at Cascade

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°42′02″N 77°30′10″W / 39.70056°N 77.50278°W / 39.70056; -77.50278