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Mountain retreats featured on Historical Society tour

October 20, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Bonnie Damazo always loved to drive by the small stone house on Welty Road during her visits to Waynesboro.

While most people noticed its larger neighboring house, Damazo, who lived in Thurmont, Md., at the time, was fascinated by the Pennsylvania limestone walls, natural spring and early 1800s build date of the smaller home. So when she drove by its "For Sale" sign in 2004, she jumped at the chance to make the quaint tenant house her own.

After two years of renovations, Damazo will open her historical home to visitors Sunday as part of the Waynesboro Historical Society's second annual Blue Ridge Mountain Retreats, a tour of historic houses and buildings.

Featuring seven area historical properties, Sunday's tour begins at the Fort Ritchie Officer's Club in Cascade.

"We consider the mountain and Blue Ridge Summit part of Waynesboro's local history," said Andrea Struble, spokeswoman for the historical society.

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Struble said the price of the tour is $15 in advance, $18 on Sunday, with all money going to the Waynesboro Historical Society and the upkeep of its properties.

Open from noon to 5 p.m., the tour features different homes than last year and Struble says it is more relaxed, allowing people to visit the homes in any order. Historical Society docents will give tours at each building and provide a bit of the property's history. Struble said some owners also might be present to guide visitors.

Damazo said both she and her husband, Frank, will host tourists at their home Sunday, adding, "we will be in period costume from the 1860s."

Damazo's home can be toured along with Tipahato, the Griffin House, Harbaugh Church, the Officer's Club and the Hill Country Farm House.

For more information, check out the Historical Society's Web site at www.waynesborohistory.com.

Photo courtesy of the Waynesboro Historical Society

The Damazo home on Welty Road is part of the Waynesboro Historical Society's Blue Ridge Mountain Retreats tour on Sunday.

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