Eric’s post on the park’s segregated past brings to mind the sort of conundrum we face in managing a park with several layers of resources. The stone wall reconstructed by the African-American CCC camp still stands, as you can see here.
Over the years (and especially when we reconstructed missing segments of the wall in 2004), it has become apparent that the CCC reconstruction is, in terms of quality and accuracy, quite poor. It is a wall with a core–much narrower than the original, with, as you can see, stones somewhat randomly placed. It does not accurately reflect what was there in 1862.
But, the CCC wall obviously has a history of its own. The dilemma: do we consciously preserve what amounts to a historical “mistake”–because the “mistake” is now historic in its own right–or do we seek to replace the CCC wall with something that faithfully reflects the dimensions, construction, and profile of what sat on the landscape in 1862? Such are the conundrums we face.