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Historic Berkeley mansion's roof to be repaired

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The state has awarded a $27,500 grant to help pay for repairing the roof of a historic Berkeley County mansion.

The Berkeley County Alms House is located in the county-owned Poor House Farm Park. It once housed widows, orphans and disabled veterans of the Civil War.

Division of Culture and History deputy commissioner Caryn Gresham tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that the grant is one of 19 decided by the state Archives and History Commission.

The grant was awarded to the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks Recreation Board and requires a 50 percent local match.

Board member Jim Rickard said he believes the mansion can be fully restored and used for events and meetings.


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