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Historic Dr. Fahrney's Office Moved to Rural Heritage Museum Site

PHOTO CAP: Dr. Peter Fahrney's original office stood outside Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village's main building in Boonsboro. It was used as a museum for many years before being moved recently to the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum site.


Historic Dr. Fahrney's Office Moved to Rural Heritage Museum Site

A building important in the history of Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, Boonsboro, MD, has been moved to a new site.
The small building, in which Dr. Peter Fahrney had his office during the late 1800s, is now part of the new Washington County Rural Heritage Museum on Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro. Negotiations and preparations for the move occurred over several months. Two trucks carried the building and its roof to their new home one night in mid-December.
Dr. Fahrney donated the site of his summer home, called San Mar, to the Church of the Brethren in 1905 in honor of his grandfather for use as a "Home for the Aged." The office building had been a museum since then, sitting in front of Fahrney-Keedy's main building.
Marge Peters, president of the Rural Heritage Museum, coordinated plans for the move. The Fahrney family is deeply involved in Washington County history, she said, "and we are delighted to be able to include that family's history in our village."
She said pouring of the foundation is the next step in re-establishing the building at the site. She added, "There's a tremendous amount of rehabilitative work that needs to be done to the building."
The actual move from Fahrney-Keedy to the village site took 4 1_2 hours, from just after midnight Dec. 15 until about 4:30am that day, Mrs. Peters said.
"We are very grateful that Dr. Fahrney's office will become a part of the Rural Heritage Village," said Jay Shell, President/CEO of Fahrney-Keedy. "The Rural Heritage Society is providing a wonderful service by preserving and restoring parts of Washington County's history, and we are excited that the public will be able to learn more about our history as they visit the society's village."
Mrs. Peters says she does not know when the restored Fahrney museum will be open to the public. The village already includes more than 25 exhibits reflecting on life in early Washington County. Further plans for the village include a transportation museum, among other projects. The village is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekend days.
Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village, a continuing care retirement community, is along Route 66 several miles west of Boonsboro. With 190 full- and part-time employees it serves a resident population of almost 200 women and men in independent living, assisted living and long- and short-term nursing care. Fahrney-Keedy is committed to enhancing the lives of seniors through caring quality service.

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