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Battlefield center lease in the works in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. for visitors center

July 31, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. and Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are working on a lease agreement for the Civil War battlefield land where an interpretive center will be built.

The municipality owns the property off Pa. 16 in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Site work is under way leading to construction of the 38-foot by 28-foot visitors center there.

Drafts of the lease agreement call for the Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. to pay the township $1 a year for the first 20 years, followed by extensions after that.

Lawyers for both sides are reviewing the agreement prior to it being signed, according to discussion at Wednesday’s township supervisors meeting.

As an existing building is torn down, stone will be recovered for the new structure, which will host programs about the Battle of Monterey Pass.

The mountaintop battle, which followed the Battle of Gettysburg, is said to have been the only Civil War conflict fought on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line.

A previous owner of the land had erected a stone monument for Cpl. Joseph Brubaker Jr., who died in the Vietnam War.

“My intent is to take the memorial down, use the stone and mount the plaque (from Brubaker’s memorial) on the building,” said R. Lee Royer, a board member with Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc.

The Washington Township Supervisors purchased the land in 2011.

The Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. is hoping to purchase a frock worn by a Union soldier who was at the Battle of Monterey Pass.

Officials said they need to come up with $9,000 for the purchase of the clothing, which is owned by a descendent of the soldier and said to be in excellent condition.

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