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A couple is saving a historic Clarksville home - by moving it three miles

Howard Co. house gets a lift

March 17, 2006|By SANDY ALEXANDER | SANDY ALEXANDER,SUN REPORTER

The couple's commitment wins praise from Mark Foster, owner of Second Chance Inc., a nonprofit organization that takes apart old homes that cannot be saved intact and sells the pieces. He was planning to salvage the Clarksville house before he directed the Bowmans to it.

He said the Clarksville house is "a prominent structure in Howard County, and it has a known and appreciated history." A move such as the Bowmans' is "the right thing to do," he said. "And it's nice when people do the right thing."

Many Clarksville residents also have been supportive of the couple's efforts.

"It's a wonderful thing for the county. They're going to take this big, huge obligation on themselves to save [the house]," said Mary Agnes Lewis, whose family owns property adjacent to the Route 108 location and has lived in the area for 50 years.

Lewis said: "I'm going to be very happy that that poor, lonely house is going to be occupied by such wonderful, happy people that have the ambition to do what they are doing."

sandy.alexander@baltsun.com

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