Feds to fund Antietam farm fixup
The National Park Service plans to spend $3.7 million to restore three historic farmsteads at Antietam National Battlefield.
Battlefield Superintendent John Howard said Wednesday the restoration work should stabilize the homes for the next 75 to 100 years.
"I can't express enough how good we feel about this," Howard said.
"It will provide a whole new look of interpretation for our park visitors about the people who lived here before and after the battle. There are a lot of smiling faces around here," he said.
The allocation was announced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., and Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.
The senators said that the project still must be approved by Congress.
"The funding being made available by the National Park Service helps to preserve and protect that part of America which is a critical component of our own history," Sarbanes said in a press release.