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Hilton Head group seeks land to enhance 'freedman village' site

Aug 4, 2010 12:07:00 PM - thestate.com
See early plans for Mitchelville Freedom Park below story

Local preservationists have asked the Town of Hilton Head Island to hand over about 15 acres of town-owned land so they can include it in a park on the site of one of the nation's first freedmen's villages.

Town Council's Public Projects and Facilities Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to let the Mitchelville Preservation Project lease Fish Haul Creek Park from the town for $1 a year. The recommendation will be sent to the full council for its consideration Sept. 7. The group hopes to lease the land for no more than $1 a year for 99 years, an arrangement similar to a deal between the town and the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

"I'm really excited about what this project can do for Hilton Head," said Ward 3 Town Councilman Drew Laughlin, who sits on the Public Projects and Facilities Committee.

Tom Barnwell, project chairman, said the group intends to use the park as an educational and interpretive site that preserves the history of Mitchelville.

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