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Kammerer House to be demolished

March 26, 1999

Barring a miracle, the historic Kammerer House will be demolished within the next few weeks, said Pat Schooley, a member of an ad hoc group trying to save the 18th-century house.

Schooley, who also is secretary of the Washington County Historical Society, asked for an extension to Thursday's deadline for moving the house to an alternate location, but the request was denied.

She said there is a slim chance the house will be moved before the demolition begins.

"But it's probably not going to happen. It would be a miracle," Schooley said Thursday.

Citicorp Credit Services Inc., which has a contract to buy the property on which the house is located, set Thursday as a deadline for moving the house. If the house wasn't moved by then, the company planned to move forward with plans to demolish the building.

The farmhouse, built by Johan Ludwig Kammerer in 1774, is on a half-acre lot in the Airport Business Park, surrounded by parking lots and buildings.

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The Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc., a private-public agency known as CHIEF, owns the land and received a demolition permit for the property on March 3.

Merle Elliott, president of CHIEF, said he expects to make plans next week for the demolition.

Elliott said demolition work probably would begin late next week or soon thereafter.

- Dan Kulin

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