The remaining 47 acres of a Revolutionary War prisoner camp, once vulnerable to development, now belongs to Springettsbury Township.

In 2012, the Conservation Fund used bridge financing to buy the land off Locust Grove Road from developer Timothy Pasch for $1.05 million -- and gave local preservation group Friends of Camp Security a year to reimburse it.

According to a news release from the township, the Conservation Fund transferred the property's deed to the township Friday.

The site is one of only a handful of Revolutionary War prisoner camps that have not been lost to residential or commercial development.

It was an internment camp used from 1781 to 1783 to house approximately 1,500 British prisoners of war and their families following the Battles of Saratoga and Yorktown.

The site was named one of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places" in 2005 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The land will be farmed until 2014 and then transition to grassland, according to the township's news release.

Anticipated plans for the space include environmental and historic preservation, archeological research, public open-space and park access.

Check back later for more details.