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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A historic preservation advocate is asking the city of Frederick to say nay to runaway development of a site that is believed to have produced one of George Washington’s horses.

The Board of Aldermen is set to vote Thursday night on a proposed zoning change for the nearly 30-acre Prospect Hall estate.

The owner, St. John’s Literary Institution, wants the property’s institutional zoning changed to residential so it can sell it for development.

A Maryland Historical Trust easement protects about two acres of the property. Local planning commission member Gary Brooks says more of the site should be preserved because of a history that includes producing a horse named Blueskin that Washington rode during the Revolutionary War.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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