A nearly 260-year-old Lancaster County farm house is being offered up for free to anyone who will move it and restore it.
The Gerber-Garber Farmstead at 3948 Continental Drive in West Hempfield Township is on the list of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County's 2012 watch list.Years of neglect and the elements have taken a toll on the property, which was deeded to the Garber family by William Penn's sons.
West Hempfield Township issued a demolition permit to the property owner, who is selling the land where the home sits.
Judy Fry's grandparents were once tenant farmers, who lived at the farmstead. She's spreading the word about the house in the hopes someone will save it.
"260 years old. Its sheltered, kept warm, there's been lots of happy things happen here," she said. "Babies were born in this house. It's really, it's a shame that it falls to this."
Fry said since making her plea public on Sunday, she's already seen some interest, both locally and nationally.
"I've had phone calls from local people interested, I've also heard from 'This Old House,' I've been speaking with them. So we've really stirred up some interest," she said.
Fry said she and the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County are in the process of working with local officials to come up with a list of historic properties in the county. They are also hoping to get ordinances on the books to help protect historic properties from being demolished.