Historic Wilson property in Clear Spring is for sale

December 07, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |
  • A Victorian house is part of the Wilson property on Rufus Wilson Road, east of Clear Spring.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — The historic Wilson property is on the market.

"It's time to pass it on to the next person," said Amy Stenger, whose family has owned the 1850s-era buildings and land for more than 25 years.

Glocker Group Realty Results, where Stenger is an agent, has listed the property for sale at $600,000.

The package includes the Wilson store, a Victorian house, a schoolhouse, a barn and about 22 acres on Rufus Wilson Road, east of Clear Spring.

Stenger, who worked in the store for about 20 years, said it was a difficult decision to sell the property.

Stenger said her mother, who loves history, "put her heart and soul in it."

In a recent interview, Patty Barnhart, a co-owner of the Wilson store business, said she and the other co-owner, her sister, Bonnie Mills, signed a two-year contract in May to continue using the building.

Barnhart and Mills run both the store on the first floor and a home decor business upstairs called Bittersweet Memories. The businesses are not for sale — only the building they are in.

Barnhart said they are hoping to continue operating the businesses under a new property owner.

"It's hard when you've got 'For Sale' signs ...," she said. "We're sad about it."

Stenger said there has been some interest in the property, which was put up for sale about a month ago.

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation property records show that Horst Enterprises LLC owns the property.

The Horst family has owned it since 1983.

A sales notice described it as a "Once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase one of Maryland's Oldest Working General Stores."

The property was restored in 1983 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the notice.

Mitch Dodson of Hagerstown said he hoped to rally local groups to possibly purchase the property, but there wasn't enough support.

"I just couldn't find anyone who was interested in getting on the bandwagon and salvaging it," he said.

He said he talked to someone who thought about trying to help, but "we both agreed that things are going too fast."

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