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Fact Sheet: Cultural Resources at Greenbury Point

Greenbury Point has been surveyed for archaeological sites.

  •  There is one archaeological site (Towne Neck) that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
  •  There are five archaeological sites that have not been evaluated for National Register eligibility.

There are no historic structures or buildings

  •  In 1996, the Maryland Historical Trust concurred that the Naval Radio Transmitting Facility, established in 1917 on Greenbury Point, was eligible for the National Register. Most of the facility was demolished in the late 1990s. In 2003, the Maryland Historical Trust concurred that the remaining structures were no longer eligible for the National Register. All structures exce pt the three towers have since been demolished. In the 2003 documentation, the Maryland Historical Trust found that the towers have “no inherent significance”. If the proposed project goes forward, the Navy will comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act(NHPA).
  •  The Navy will evaluate for National Register eligibility all archaeological sites that have not yet been evaluated.
  •  As always, the avoidance and protection of archaeological sites that are listed in or eligible for the National Register will be a critical component of the Navy’s review of any proposed work at Greenbury Point.

Background: Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertaking on historic properties and afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a reasonable opportunity to comment on such undertakings. Section 110 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to identify, inventory, nominate and protect properties under their jurisdiction. Section 106 procedures are defined in 36 CFR Part 800 – Protection of Historic Properties. The Section 106 process seeks to accommodate historic preservation concerns with the needs of federal undertakings through consultation among the agency official and other parties with an interest in the effects of the undertaking on historic properties, commencing at the early stages of project planning. The goal of consultation is to identify historic properties potentially affected by the undertaking, assess the undertaking’s effects on historic properties, and seek ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects.

The Maryland Historical Trust – State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) reflects the interests of the state and its citizens in the preservation of their cultural heritage. The SHPO advises and assists federal agencies in carrying out their Section 106 responsibilities and cooperates with such agencies, local governments and organizations and individuals to ensure that historic properties are taken into consideration at all levels of planning and development. The SHPO does not per se approve undertakings, but determine whether the proposed undertaking is consistent or inconsistent (adverse effect) with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

In addition to the SHPO, the Navy will involve with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the City of Annapolis, Historic Annapolis and the public in all consultations regarding Greenbury Point.


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