New and old homes on Washington County tour Saturday

June 04, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Nancy and Greg Scandlen had seen the Queen Anne-style house several times driving through Hagerstown and stopped to peek in the window when a sale sign noted the price had been reduced.

The interior walls were covered with black soot, supposedly from an oil burner blowing up, and the house needed new electric wiring, plumbing and a roof.

So they bought it in August 2004 and invested more than $100,000 in restoring the 1880 two-story house at the corner of North Potomac Street and Broadway.

"We both just have always loved Victorian-type places," says Nancy Scandlen. "Even though it was a horrible mess, we could see what it could be."


The couple are sharing their love for the home and showing off the restoration work and expanded garden during the Women's Club's House and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 10.

Proceeds from the tour will go toward maintenance of the club's historic home, which also is featured on the tour, says Donna Smith, tour chairwoman. The club provides low-cost housing for single women at the South Prospect Street home.

The Women's Club is a social group with activities such as bridge, luncheons, trips and a garden club, Smith says.

Some of the homes on the tour have been restored recently and at least one is a new home, Smith says.

The Scandlens repaired, repainted and rewallpapered the walls; cleaned, resealed and restained three fireplaces; and did what they could to save as much of the lincrusta as possible, Nancy Scandlen says. The lincrusta is an antique wallcovering that resembles leather.

They were able to save much of the lincrusta, which was a dark brown, and painted it raspberry in the hallways and beige in the dining room to brighten it up.

They also added more plantings in the garden, including a rose garden, and created a koi pond out of a former foundation for what might have been an outhouse, Scandlen says.

In addition to the club's home, the House and Garden Tour features six Washington County homes.

They are:

  • The Perini Home and former Doub's Mill, through which Beaver Creek runs, 20512 Beaver Creek Road, southeast of Hagers-town.

  • The Hoyle Home, a new home at 1808 Meridian Drive off East Mount Aetna Road in Greenwich Park.

  • The Schooley home, 20702 Old Forge Road, at the intersection with Clopper Road.

  • The Scandlen home, 442 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

  • The Brennecke farmhouse (The Oxbow Bend Farm), 12346 Hopscotch Lane off Trovinger Mill Road, east of Hagerstown.

  • The Yambor home, 131 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown.

  • The Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown.

If you go ...

WHAT: House and Garden Tour, a self-guided tour sponsored by the Women's Club

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10

WHERE: Washington County

COST: Tickets cost $20 for the complete tour and $5 for a single house. Tickets will be sold at each home the day of the tour.

Advanced tickets may be purchased at: Wisteria Cove, Cooper's Shed, Camillions, Yule Cupboard, Figurehead II, Books 'n Things, Fahrney's Hallmark Shop and the Visitor Welcome Center, 6 N. Potomac St., in downtown Hagerstown.

MORE: Lunch will be available at the Women's Club that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $7. Lunch will be chicken salad on lettuce, cranberry salad, a dessert and beverage. For more information, call the Women's Club at 301-739-0870 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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