photo left: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer
photo below: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer
The sound of a sledgehammer marked the beginning of the end for the Kammerer House on Monday morning.
A five-member wrecking crew started, piece by piece, dismantling the 1774 limestone farmhouse built by Johan Ludwig Kammerer.
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"So there she goes. We tried, but finally time runs out," said Merle Elliott, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Industrial Foundation Inc., which is selling the property to Citicorp Credit Services Inc.
There were no onlookers when the crew started about 8 a.m.
At the end of the work day, several people who stopped by found that Allegany Wrecking and Salvage of Hagerstown had taken off most of the roof.