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Council accepts Mumma house proposal

October 22, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG -The Sharpsburg Town Council voted in a special session Monday night to accept a proposal to sell the Mumma House on West Main Street for $47,500 on the condition that the new owner would also live in the home.

Tom Davis, who restores homes, said he planned to restore the Mumma House at 135 W. Main St. and then sell it.

The Town Council, however, stated they want the owner to also occupy the house.

"If he wishes to withdraw his offer, that's OK," Mayor Sidney Gale said after the meeting.

The council has stated that it wants a family to move in and enjoy the house.

The town took ownership of the house in June 1999 after acquiring it at a tax sale for $42,500.

The house was home to the privately owned Antietam National Museum from at least the 1970s until about four years ago. It has been vacant since then.

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The town bought the property to ensure it would not be used for a major business.

The house was built in about 1860, Gale said.

Davis said he has done restoration work for 32 years and would like to restore the Mumma House as close as possible to its original condition.

Some of the work would include putting in a new heating system and redoing the roof.

"It's a considerable amount of money," Davis said. "There's very little it doesn't need."

Davis could not be reached for comment late Monday to see if he would be interested in the town's sale provision.

Davis said he has restored other homes in Keedysville, including homes at 34 S. Main St., 36 S. Main St. and 64 S. Main St.

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