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Grove Farm Available For DNR Curatorship
Open House Scheduled For July 19
EARLVILLE — The Grove Farm in Cecil County is becoming available for restoration under the Maryland Resident-Curatorship Program, which secures private funding and labor for the preservation of historic properties. An open house will be held for interested curators on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“The Resident-Curatorship Program is a great example of public and private partnerships,” said Bruce Alexander, Manager of Curatorships and Cultural Resources at DNR. “Curators benefit by restoring and living in a historic house on State park land, and the State benefits by preserving an important part of Maryland’s history”.
Located on the grounds of the Grove Farm Wildlife Management Area in Cecil County, the Grove Farm House was built in 1810 and overlooks mature trees, a vegetable garden and 750 acres of protected farmland and unspoiled woodland. The main house contains a wood-paneled library, hardwood floors and several guest rooms; while the outbuildings, situated on 10 acres, include a bank barn, ice house, corn crib and carriage house. The size of the curatorship is undecided, but will only encompass the immediate vicinity of the buildings.
Resident curatorships help ensure the long-term preservation of historic buildings at no cost to the State of Maryland. Curators, who can be individuals or organizations, pledge to restore and maintain the historic property and outbuildings in exchange for a lifetime lease. The program has helped preserve more than 40 historic buildings on State park land for over the past 26 years.
The event will take place at 2125 Grove Neck Road, near Earleville. The Grove Farm property will only be available to the public during this event.
For more information on program policies and bid proposal guidelines, visit www.dnr.state.md.us/land/rcs or contact Bruce Alexander at 410-260-8457.
June 27, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbelll
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov