The Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC.

The Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC.

A former presidential retreat nestled deep in the Catoctin mountains in Frederick County has become an unexpected flash point between county residents and a group backed by the Church of Scientology. Trout Run, a 40-acre lodge near Camp David, will be converted to a drug-treatment facility if it can meet a zoning requirement designating it as a historic place. But the county council has delayed granting the designation as concerns from the public over Scientology’s practices more broadly, and its drug-treatment facilities in particular, have surfaced. We explore this unconventional property battle.


  • Billy Shreve Member (at Large), Frederick County Council
  • Michael Rosenwald Reporter, Washington Post

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