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Canal receives lease proposals

December 12, 1997

SHARPSBURG (AP) - The National Park Service has received two lease proposals for a building in the C&O Canal National Historical Park that is among more than a dozen the agency plans to rent out, a park official said.

Both proposals received by Dec. 4 deadline were for the Little house near Hancock, park superintendent Douglas Faris said. The two-story brick structure on 21/2 acres of land was built in the mid-1700s.

One proposal, from Darren Jessop of Williamsport, is to turn the property into a low-cost hostel for people hiking or biking the 184.5-mile canal towpath.

The other, from Rustic Retreats of Washington, envisions renting the property out for country getaways, Faris said.

The Little house was among four properties offered in the first round of a leasing program the park service announced in October.

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Faris said the agency would consider both proposals and possibly select one by mid-January.

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