Management Plan

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Management Plan was adopted and made a part of the comprehensive plans of the Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties in 2006. Likewise, the municipalities of Hampstead, Manchester, New Windsor, Sykesville, Taneytown, Union Bridge, Westminster, Brunswick, Burkittsville, Emmitsburg, Frederick, Middletown, Mt. Airy, Myersville, New Market, Rosemont, Thurmont, Woodsboro, Boonsboro, Hagerstown, Hancock, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg and Williamport have adopted the Management Plan. The plan provides an overview of resources and opportunities in the heritage area, as well as goals and priorities to advance the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area mission.

Nonprofit organizations and local governments (those that have adopted the Management Plan) within the boundaries of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area may apply for Maryland Heritage Area Authority project grants and Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area mini-grants. All proposed projects (non-capital and capital) should align with the goals and priorities described in the Management Plan. Capital grants, no longer restricted to projects occurring within Target Investment Zones, must relate to goals described in the Heritage Area Five Year Action Plan and specifically named in the heritage area annual work plan.

For the convenience of grant applicants, and others who want to know more about the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Management Plan appears below.


Table of contents

Section 1 (PDF file, 356 KB)
Title Page
Executive Summary
Vision & Goals
Plan Development Boundaries

Section 2 (PDF file, 536 KB)
Economic Development & Tourism
Land Use, Preservation & Conservation
Intepretation, Circulation & Transportation

Section 3 (PDF file, 632 KB)
Target Investment Zones

Section 4 (PDF file, 184 KB)
Implementation Credits

Section 5 (PDF file, 1.02 MB)
Appendix A: Timeline Civil War Events
Appendix B: Resource Inventory Sources
Appendix C: Archeological Resources
Appendix D: Battlefield Preservation Plans

Section 6 (PDF file, 908 KB)
Appendix E: Return on Investment
Appendix F: Certified Heritage Structures
Appendix G: TIZ Activation Forms
Appendix H: Target Investment Zone Maps

Section 7 (PDF file, 424 KB)
Frederick TIZ Questions
Frederick TIZ Work Program
Frederick TIZ Map

Section 8 (PDF file, 300 KB)
Hagerstown TIZ Expansion
Hagerstown TIZ Map

Section 9 (PDF file, 3980 KB)
Westminster TIZ Questions
Westminster TIZ Work Program
Westminster TIZ Map

Boundary Amendments

2017 Boundary Amendment: Clear Spring, Funkstown, Keedysville

2021 Boundary Amendment: Hagerstown Area

Please note, some documents are offered in PDF format and require Acrobat Reader. You may download a free copy of Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

If you need further assistance please email