Letter: Yadkin site should be protected
Publication Salisbury Post
Date July 19, 2006
Section(s) Opinion
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Brief I am a resident of Davidson County, and a longtime War Between the States history buff. The proceedings leading to the Spencer Zoning Board of Adjustments Hearing concerning the use of the historic property on the Yadkin River is unsettling, to say the le

I am a resident of Davidson County, and a longtime War Between the States history buff. The proceedings leading to the Spencer Zoning Board of Adjustments Hearing concerning the use of the historic property on the Yadkin River is unsettling, to say the least. Has no one any regard for the region's history? Are they not aware of the potential of stewardship for this property?

Properly restored and maintained, this area could be a magnet for Civil War fans who would love to visit such a historic site. Take into consideration there is no pollution potential from such a site, no noise problems, no bright lights at night to disturb anyone or anything. The opportunity to restore the covered bridge, to work in unison with Davidson County to obtain and restore the Confederate fort on top of what is known as York Hill would yield tourist dollars both our counties need. So far, the racetrack proposal has been all about the money. Can we not maintain a peaceful green zone and historic preserve rather than a race course? We hear this will draw an extraordinary numbers of fans. No local citizens seem to have expressed a desire for the track. Why? Because for the majority, the costs associated with the track will be too high. Not many of us can afford the proposed luxury multilevel townhouses tailored to race enthusiasts. Where is the longterm benefit to the surrounding community? How will the noise be buffered so that anyone living in the area is not disturbed?

There are many ways to develop this land. I only hope that the good folks of Spencer will not allow anything that will degrade or destroy this area's historic significance. We can build racetracks anywhere; we can never regain our heritage once it is destroyed.

-- Walt Wilson

Lexington