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Keedysville opens home to visitors

December 10, 2000

Keedysville opens home to visitors



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photos: KEVIN G. GILBERT / Staff Photographer

Home tourKEEDYSVILLE - Sixteen homes, churches and buildings in Keedysville displayed their finery Sunday during "Keedysville by Candlelight," a tour of homes sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society.

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One thousand tickets were sold for the day-long tour of the historic sites, all on Main Street, according to organizer Nancy Baer.

The event had the largest ticket sales of any of the tours the Historical Society has put on, she said.

People from as far away as Utah, Massachusetts and Delaware came to visit the town, she said.

Things went well except for a minor glitch when a bus donated by Washington County Commuter broke down. The buses were used to take visitors from parking areas to Main Street.

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Home tour crowdBaer said county officials quickly replaced the disabled bus and things went smoothly from there.

She said she was grateful that the Washington County Commissioners allowed the use of the buses.

About 150 volunteers showed up to direct traffic and serve food, she said.

Area Civil War re-enactors were also on hand to lend atmosphere and provide a living history demonstrations of how soldiers survived outdoors during the winter months.

Debra Everly of Altoona, Pa., said she enjoyed seeing all the homes on the tour, but picked out Shawen and Dennis Warrenfeltz's two-story farmhouse at 96 N. Main St. as her favorite.

"This was really nice. It was well organized," she said.

Antique dealers Pat and Jim English came from Salisbury, Md., to tour Keedysville's homes, churches and buildings.

"It's been absolutely wonderful," said Pat English.

She said she was impressed with the way the event was organized. The homes were close together, yet once inside, there weren't bothersome bottlenecks of foot traffic, she said.

The couple's first stop was at Seven Gates Farm, 89 S. Main St., the home of Dean Johnson and Jim Cramer.

"There was so much to see I want to go through it again," said Pat English.

Jim English said he liked that the residents took time to answer questions about the house and grounds and sign their books.

Johnson and Cramer are editors of Country Garden and Country Home magazines and have written two books, "Seasons at Seven Gates Farm" and "Window Boxes."

"They were very accommodating," he said.

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