Broad Creek Historic District residents are too few in number to adequately manage this historic treasure. The Conservancy-sponsored volunteer efforts are designed to help in several areas:
-- Discoveries: The archeological footprints of important Native American, African American and the 1706 chartered town of Aire all exist in the area and represent a treasure trove for future archaeological fieldwork.
-- Partnerships: Historic buildings, such as the c. 1760 Harmony Hall Manor and its agricultural outbuildings are in a critical state of disrepair. If they are to survive and be restored, the National Park Service ownership efforts will have to be augmented by an official partnership with the Conservancy to create a functioning volunteer program there.
-- A Trail: If Broad Creek is to attract local, national, and international visitors, the proposed National Potomac Heritage trail through the area—similar to the walking/equestrian/biking paths at Historic St. Mary’s City, Antietam, and Williamsburg—must be built.
-- Tourism: If Broad Creek is to become part of any heritage tourism program, docents and other volunteers will be critical to its success. The Conservancy envisions a model Native American encampment in the District, and docent-led tours of it and historic St. John’s Episcopal Church of Broad Creek (1692, the first church and cemetery in the Washington region). These tours could become part of a larger heritage tourism program in the history-rich Maryland share of the Potomac south of Washington (Oxon Hill Manor, Fort Foote, Fort Washington, etc).