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Women's club, historical society share proceeds of house tour

December 04, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

"We love the old houses on South Prospect," says Mindy Marsden, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society.

That organization, in conjunction with the Historic Heights Community Group, is sponsoring a candlelight walking tour of some of the old houses - as well as two churches, the Women's Club and the Miller House, headquarters of the historical society. Proceeds from the event will be shared by the Women's Club and the historical society.

The tour is designed to show off some of the historic properties decked out for the holiday season, and encourage preservation of many wonderful old properties in the neighborhood nicknamed "Quality Hill."

The Historic Heights Community Group, about a year and a half old, is part of the city's Neighborhoods First, a program designed to involve citizens in the local government process and to encourage residents to be responsible for the well being of their neighborhoods, according to information on Hagerstown's Web site at www.hagerstownmd.org/html/neighborhoods_first.html.

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Chris and Anne Yambor have lived in their home - built in high Victorian Gothic style - for two and a half years.

"We want to save all the wonderful homes," Chris Yambor says. He describes the community group, which has about 30 members, as a crime watch organization. But it also has a goal of getting period streetlights in the neighborhood as well as beautification of the Park Circle.

Virginia and Mason Hendrickson have lived in the 1840s house nicknamed "Stonewall" for more than 30 years, but their relationship to the neighborhood goes back much further. Both of their mothers lived on South Prospect.

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