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Miller House welcomes new guests

December 13, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

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    HAGERSTOWN -- Mary Henderson has lived in Hagerstown for 31 years and had never been to the Miller House before Sunday.

    Linda Irvin-Craig, a lifetime member of the Washington County Historical Society, visited the Miller House with her family during Sunday's Christmas reception.

    "Anything having to do with Hagerstown history is extremely important to us and has always been that way," said Irvin-Craig, 66, of Maugansville. "Bringing the grandchildren in for their first visit to the Miller House was really important to us."

    Henderson, 73, said her favorite part of the Miller House was the big bedroom.

    "That's the way bedrooms should look," she said.

    The Miller House, at 135 W. Washington St., was decorated by local garden clubs for the holiday season, said Bill Beard, the society's board president.

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The 1825 house is open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through Dec. 23, and on Wednesday, Dec. 30. Then the house closes for the winter, reopening in April for tours, said Cathy Landsman, registrar.

Tours cost $5 for adults; $3 for those 60 and older; and are free for those 16 and younger.

Beard said the historical society, like many nonprofits, is suffering financially during this tough economic time.

To save the historical society money, James D. Neville retired from his position as executive director around September, Beard said. Beard didn't know Neville's salary, but said he wasn't making that much. Neville took the position in July 2006.

Curator Michael Kyne is the acting executive director.

Beard said there are no immediate plans to hire a new director, adding that, long-term, the society would need one.

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