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Restoration begins on battlefield farmhouse

June 10, 2009

SHARPSBURG -- The first phase of an exterior restoration project at the D.R. Miller house, a farmhouse on Antietam National Battlefield, has started.

The D.R. Miller house was built between 1790 and 1800, according to a press release from the National Park Service. The house survived the Civil War's Battle of Antietam in 1862, and has remained standing for more than two centuries.

"We need to return it to what it looked like during the battle in 1862," said Jane Custer, chief of cultural resources at Antietam National Battlefield. "It's our management goal to have the battlefield look like it did during the battle."

The restoration is being done in phases, and it is estimated the work will take about five years.

Phase 1, which includes removing asbestos siding that covers the house, will cost about $175,000, Custer said. Sumersett Construction Inc. of Inwood, W.Va., was awarded the contract for the first phase of the project.

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The overall cost of the renovations will be about $800,000, Custer said.

The project is being funded by the National Park Service's Repair-Rehabilitation Program.

-- Brandon Bieltz

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