What exactly is a Heritage Area?
The Maryland Heritage Areas program was created in 1996 as part of a broader effort to encourage heritage tourism in Maryland.
Today, we have 13 certified Heritage Areas in Maryland, which are locally designated, and State certified regions where public and private partners make commitments to preserving historical, cultural, and natural resources for sustainable economic development.
In the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area (PVHA), Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG) is the managing entity of the PVHA. This means that we work towards broader Maryland Heritage Area goals surrounding heritage tourism through a variety of efforts.
These activities range anywhere from watershed & invasive species cleanups to hosting educational lectures, to even providing sponsorship and mini-grant funding to local groups and nonprofits engaging in conservation and preservation work.
So how can you support PHG in its efforts to preserve the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area?
Become a member!
Patapsco Heritage Greenway’s membership is the cornerstone of our support network. With your help, we educate others to care for the Patapsco Valley’s delicate ecosystem and better understand its importance in the nation’s history.
Your membership support is central to our continuing efforts to preserve, protect, interpret, and restore the environment, history, and culture of the Patapsco River Valley for all.
All membership levels receive six e-Newsletters annually as well as invitations to members-only events. Membership is for the fiscal year (July-June).
The levels below receive additional benefits as noted:
Fred Besley Steward: A set of 6 Patapsco scenes notecards
Patapsco Circle: All of the above PLUS a copy of Henry Sharp’s America’s First Factory Town: The Industrial Revolution in Maryland’s Patapsco River Valley
Banneker/Ellicott/Phelps Society: All of the above PLUS a voiceover role in a Patapsco Short
Kit Valentine Society: All of the above PLUS an invitation to a staff/board-led trail adventure
Fred Besley was Maryland’s first State Forester and played a key role in conservation efforts in the Patapsco Valley.
Members of the Banneker, Ellicott and Phelps families made vital contributions to the economic and educational development of the Patapsco Valley.
Kit Valentine was a life-long resident and champion of the Patapsco Valley and former President of PHG.
Prefer to join by mail? Send a check to PHG, PO Box 96, Ellicott City, MD 21041 with “2021 membership” in the memo field.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. (PHG) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Dues and contributions are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your support!