Restoration effort of building some tie to Bill of Rights gets boost

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 1, 2016 1:24 PM

(Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County) -- A midstate building that some historians believe hosted a key meeting about creating the U.S. Bill of Rights is partially demolished.

But one group has picked up a donation to start work to restore the structure.

There's some hope for Captain Bell's Tavern in Cumberland County.

A Colorado couple is donating $10,000 towards the effort to save the building, months after developer Triple Crown Corporation started to take it down.

Silver Spring Township had actually approved demolition efforts, but historians later pointed out the historical significance of the tavern, which is believed to have been the site of an important meeting as the Bill of Rights was being crafted.

Christine Musser leads the group that's trying to restore the structure.

"What this means is its just an inspiration as to that there's other people out there not only locally but nationally that cares about the resoration of this tavern," says Musser.

Musser acknowledges a lot of work remains.

She estimates a full restoration will cost $500,000.

"It's gonna be very expensive to restore the tavern to what it was before the demolition. But we are optimistic about it."

However, her group says Triple Crown Corporation's CEO is paying for stabilization of the structure.

That work will start in in the middle of the month.

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