Glen Restoration

Although for many people the history and uniqueness of the more than two dozen buildings at National Park Seminary are what interest and charm them, another rather hidden part of the campus —the Glen– provides the important element of natural green space to be enjoyed and explored. This wooded ravine includes not only a stream, trees, and woodland plants, but also built structures such as low stone bridges, a covered natural spring, statuary, and a grand stone staircase.

Since 2019 Save Our Seminary has focused more of its preservation efforts on this neglected part of the historic campus, which was often referred to as the Glen School because of its setting. The main effort of the SOS Glen Restoration Committee has been to research the original layout and features of the Glen, some of which are deteriorated and others which are long gone. Both historic photo research and physical cleanups in the Glen have contributed to this knowledge. Dealing with the forces of nature, whether invasive plants or erosion of the hillsides, is a perpetual task that SOS assists with alongside the residents of NPS.

Now with a good understanding of what the Glen once looked like in its heyday of the late 1920s, the Glen Restoration Committee is using that information to establish a restoration plan for the Glen so that it can be brought back to safe access for people to enjoy. To increase public awareness of the Glen history and its features, SOS has presented a virtual tour of the Glen as well as short stories about individual features in the Glen.

A more immediate concern is the State of Maryland’s now postponed plan to widen the I-495 highway that forms the northern boundary of the Glen, which will destroy green space as well as the original stone abutment of the first bridge that crossed the Glen. The Glen Restoration Committee is actively working to stop this potential destruction of the Glen.

Whether it is a letter to your Maryland state representative against the highway expansion, clearing a pathway, or a donation to restore a feature, SOS appreciates your support in preserving the Glen.