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Group asks county to sell farmhouse

December 02, 2005|by TARA REILLY

A historical advisory group has asked the Washington County Commissioners to sell a farmhouse in the hopes the structure can be restored and permanently preserved.

The farmhouse, built in 1818, is on 35 acres between Md. 63 and Hopewell Road.

The two-story structure is eligible to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

"It's deteriorating rapidly, but it's worthy, we think, of preservation," Preston Law, chairman of the Washington County Historical Advisory Committee, told the County Commissioners Tuesday.

Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said the commissioners were leaning toward selling the property. They did not make a decision Tuesday.

"The consensus is probably looking at selling the property," Snook said.

County officials said about two years ago that the house had the potential to be used as a museum, for cultural and historical interpretation, specialty office space and other uses.

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The advisory committee asked that the commissioners hire a county planner who would focus on historic preservation, that a historic site survey be updated, the commissioners make a financial contribution for next year's 250th anniversary of Fort Frederick State Park and that the committee be given the power to deny demolition permits for historic structures in the county.

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