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One home’s predicament could be your historic preservation opportunity

By , - Last modified: September 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Last weekend, a story broke around the Lancaster County area that a historic stone home was being given away. But there’s a catch: The taker has to move it from its site overlooking Route 30 just east of Columbia.

The house is known as the Gerber-Garber home and it's along Route 30 at the Prospect Road exit - 3948 Continental Drive. The circa-1753 farm has seen a lot of publicity in 2012, with numerous articles and news coverage (see this Fox 43 video).

I talked to Joe Patterson, executive director of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, about the property after he sent a follow-up email this week looking for interested parties.

“Similar properties have been moved,” he noted, referring to the July move of the 1858 Harnish house in Willow Valley. “The benefactor would be the community at large in that the house and its legacy will be saved,” he added.

The owners of the Gerber-Garber house’s 16-acre property, which is slated for development for industrial use, are willing to let someone take the house if they can move it. The move is expected to cost approximately $100,000 plus renovation costs.

Interested? Click here to contact Mr. Patterson.

The Preservation Trust does great work identifying historic properties and sites, as do many others around Central Pennsylvania. While not every endangered house is “given away” there are always opportunities for investors to save slices of our Pennsylvania history for future generations.


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