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Commissioners say vineyard should be on national registry

October 17, 2000

Commissioners say vineyard should be on national registry



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Hills, Dales and The Vineyard of Keedysville Tuesday moved one step closer to getting on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Washington County Commissioners unanimously approved recommending putting the property, at 16 Dogstreet Road, Keedysville, on the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

That move was suggested by the county Historic District Commission. The application was made by the property owners Christopher and Margaret McGuigan.

The commission urged the property's listing because the property is historically significant due to its physical design and construction, said county Chief Senior Planner Stephen Goodrich.

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The late 18th-century log house and the 19th-century limestone addition are typical examples of the architectural style and construction practices for the period and location, he said.

The structure has retained its original features and materials as well as its integrity.

If the governor and the National Park Service agree to put the property on the list, then the property owners would become eligible for certain federal tax benefits and assistance, consideration in planning of federal projects and the prestige of being on the list, he said.

The listing does not prevent its demolition or block the property owner from making future changes to the property.

Washington County would incur no financial obligation from the listing, Goodrich said.

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