Competing Visions for Farmland Set Johns Hopkins Against Donor's Family

Plans for Farmland Set Johns Hopkins Against Donor's Family 1

Courtesy of Belward Farm

Tim Newell says Johns Hopkins has disregarded his aunt's intentions in donating property in Maryland to the university.

The white post-and-rail fence that surrounds Elizabeth Banks's old Belward Farm shows some soot-colored streaking, probably exhaust particulates from all the cars that pass here on Darnestown Road and Muddy Branch Road. Donna Baron, in her Subaru, sees the grime and a patch of muddy erosion on a bank leading up to the fence.

"You see how the fence is all going to wreck and ruin, and the grass looks nasty?" she says. "Mrs. Banks had this place manicured to a tee. She had guys out there