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Nora Roberts honored for preservation work

May 12, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

Author Nora Roberts and her husband, Bruce Wilder, were honored Tuesday with Washington County's John Frye Historic Preservation Award for their dedication to restoring a historic inn and other buildings in downtown Boonsboro.

The Washington County Commissioners and Historic Advisory Committee chair Ralph Young presented the award to Wilder. Roberts was working and could not attend the presentation, Wilder said.

Roberts and Wilder made a major contribution to preserving the county's heritage when they proceeded with restoration of the Historic Eagle Hotel on Boonsboro's Main Street even after it was destroyed by fire in February 2008, Young said. Now, the restored building is a romance-themed Inn BoonsBoro.

"I think downtown Hagerstown's probably actually jealous," Commissioner William J. Wivell told Wilder.

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