Antietam train station for sale

February 12, 1997


Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - Plans to sell the Antietam Station near Sharpsburg are on the fast track, Washington County Administrative Engineer Dean Lowry said Monday.

Lowry put a "For Sale" sign on the train station late last week and has received a lot of interest in the property, he said.

Lowry said the station will hold an open house today at 1:30 p.m. where prospective buyers can take a look at the interior of the boarded-up station on Md. 34.


Lowry said the county wants $25,000 for the property - the price the county paid to buy it using grant money. Lowry said the first person to deposit a $2,500 down payment and sign a letter of intent to buy the property within 120 days likely will close the deal. "Of course we'll consider everybody," he said.

The National Railroad Historical Society and the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum, which has been homeless since being evicted from the Hagerstown Fairgrounds a number of years ago, are interested in the property, said Bob Tracey, president of the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

"We just want the county to slow down," Tracey said.

Tracey said that he had arranged to tour the station last Saturday with Sharpsburg council members and a county official but said the tour was canceled.

"We don't even know if it would be worth restoring," he said. Tracey also called the price "ridiculous." He said the property was probably worth $10,000.

Lowry said the county wasn't interested in waiting another one or two months or putting the station up for bid.

"We'd just like to see somebody take over that place that could fix it up," Lowry said. "Our main goal is to get it back on the tax records without the taxpayers having to spend any more money on the station."

He said the county has been trying to find someone to restore the station since 1993.

Lowry said easements placed on the property by the Maryland Historic Trust restrict alterations to the building.

Sharpsburg Town Councilwoman Denise Troxell said the station is historically important because it was built so Civil War veterans could return to Antietam to visit the battlefield. The maple trees leading away from the station were planted to shade the veterans on their walk, she said. Troxell said the town doesn't want to buy the property at this point but is interested in what happens to it.

The station most recently was used as two apartments, Troxell said. Lowry said that one individual who has shown interest in the property would keep it as apartments.

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