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19th century stone building in Berkeley County gets new roof, other renovations

Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:09 AM EDT

A Maryland company has completed renovations of a stone building in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle that once housed widows, orphans and disabled veterans of the Civil War.

The Journal reports that the renovations included replacing the Berkeley County Alms House's roof and installing a downspout drainage system.

The 19th century building is located in the county-owned Poor House Farm Park.

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation hired Colby Bachtell LLC, of Hagerstown, Maryland, to replace the roof. The agency's executive director, Steve Catlett, says Colby Bachtell performed some additional work for free.

Catlett says the renovations have improved the building's safety and appearance.

He says the next step would be to replace missing stones, if funding is found.

Information from: The Journal,


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