Members of the Sharpsburg Town Council agreed at a special meeting Thursday that they would prefer the rundown house the town recently bought on West Main Street to be restored and used as a residence.
The town bought the house at 135 W. Main St. at a tax sale in late June for $42,500.
"We bought it to make sure it was preserved and to make sure it doesn't become a business. We're a residential community," said Mayor George Kesler at the public meeting called to discuss uses for the house.
The house is known in town as the Mumma house because four sisters of that name lived there from 1930 to 1960, said Town Attorney Charles Wagaman.
Town residents said the house once contained the privately owned Antietam National Museum from at least the 1970s until about four years ago, when it became vacant.