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Historic Berkeley estate's buildings to be inspected

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 200-year-old Martinsburg estate's buildings will be surveyed to determine their structural integrity.Berkeley County received an $18,200 state grant to help pay for the forensic survey of Boydville's mansion and outbuildings.Susan Whalton with the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board said the findings are expected to help the board find a new use for the 13-acre estate.
The board bought the property in 2005. Whalton told The Herald Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that the board has looked into using the property for a heritage center.She said there also has been some interest from individuals in acquiring the property.The Georgian-style mansion was built around 1812. President Abraham Lincoln spared the mansion from torching by Union troops during the Civil War.
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