The site, sections of which were once known as the Wye Plantation, was donated to the Aspen Institute by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. in 1979. William Paca, a signee of the Declaration of Independence and third governor of Maryland, maintained his family estate here and a monument to his memory stands near the Houghton House.
Thw Wye River Plantation was also the site of the negotations for Wye River Memorandum the between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
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