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Historic Carroll County House Available for Curatorship
Discover the Wachter House on September 27
Sykesville, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites interested curators to an open house of the historic Wachter Home on Sat., Sept. 27, 2008 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The property is available for restoration under DNR’s resident-curatorship program, which secures private funding and labor for the preservation of historic properties.
“Maryland’s resident-curatorship program is a great example of successful 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 Marylanders benefit by preserving an important part of the state’s history.”
Located in Morgan Run Natural Environment Area in Carroll County, the Watcher House was built in the mid to late 1800’s and is situated amongst protected lands surrounding the Morgan Run stream. The three-story house has an expansive front porch overlooking an accessible fishing area. While the house is stable, it is in need of significant restoration and updating. The open house will take place at 729 Klees Mill Road, near Sykesville in Carroll County, Md.
Resident curatorships help ensure the long-term preservation of historic buildings at no cost to the State of Maryland. Curators, who may 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 public lands over the past 26 years.
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.
September 19, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
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.