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Repairs of 19th century Berkeley building complete

June 18, 2014
dsp Associated Press

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — 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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