Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park Photograph of Harriet Tubman/Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

Harriet Tubman was a true American hero. Born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Tubman spent nearly 30 years of her life as a slave. She escaped but repeatedly returned to Dorchester and Caroline counties to rescue other African Americans, leading them… Read More

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Sea and sky at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

We’ve worked for more than a decade to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquire lands for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. To date, we’ve saved nearly 8,000 acres at the refuge; but conservation at Blackwater is about more than… Read More

Climate Change And The Chesapeake Bay Map of Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay region is one of the most vulnerable areas in the nation to sea level rise induced by climate change. The effects of sea level rise and periodic storm surge include shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, salt water intrusion… Read More

Conservation In The Chesapeake Bay Sandy Point Light

From New York to Virginia, more than 40 major rivers link land and people to the Chesapeake Bay. How the land in the watershed is treated and cared for profoundly affects the bay’s overall health. With a land-to-water ratio higher… Read More

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Over 400 years ago, Captain John Smith arrived in the New World—and changed it forever. In addition to helping found Jamestown, the first permanent American settlement, Smith became the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay. He and his… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus on Antietam Bloody Lane, Antietam

Known as the bloodiest single day battle in the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862 over 12 square-miles. More than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing during the battle. Since our founding,… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Maryland Harpers Ferry

At the Fund, we believe America’s history is found in our landscapes.  By conserving significant landscapes, we can ensure our nation’s history will be preserved for future generations. How better to honor the fallen and appreciate the battles of the Civil War than to stand… Read More


Bill Crouch Annapolis, MD
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Bill Crouch is the Fund’s Maryland State Director. Please contact him with any questions regarding projects or if you would like to find out how to partner with the Fund in Maryland.