Maryland officials reject plan for Scientology-run rehab at former presidential fishing spot

Maryland officials have rejected a plan to turn a former presidential fishing spot into a drug rehabilitation center linked to the Church of Scientology.

The News-Post of Frederick reports ( ) that the Frederick County Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday against placing Trout Run on the county's historic register. The designation would have enabled Social Betterment Properties to make changes otherwise barred by land-use restrictions.

The church's real-estate arm had plans to turn the rustic retreat near Thurmont into a Narconon residential treatment center. The program is based on methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The 40-acre resort in the Catoctin Mountains was visited by presidents Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,