LSG Landscape Architecture was prime consultant leading the master planning effort for this 107-acre park adjacent to the Tuckahoe Creek in Talbot County, Maryland, the birthplace of Frederick Douglass. The master plan seeks to position the park as a regional attraction, enhancing and embracing the rich history and rural landscape that Douglass enjoyed as a child. The beautiful environment is enhanced with trails, overlooks and interpretive signage, supporting recreational opportunities such as nature observation and kayaking, and wildlife preservation areas for all to enjoy.
LSG, in collaboration with Talbot County staff, conducted an extensive community engagement process consisting of focus groups, community meetings, and stakeholder interviews. The team conducted preliminary archaeological and environmental studies, proposing several improvements to preserve and enhance the site’s existing forested areas, as well as creating unique user experiences, including a pollinator meadow.
Team member The Design Minds developed an overall interpretive plan that guided the planning process and designed first phase interpretive panels showing the impact Douglass had on the region and the country. Project architect Michael Marshall Design created a detailed vision for a visitor center. The addition of this state-of-the-art facility, integrated into the natural landscape, will provide an unparalleled educational and entertainment resource.