- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Preservationists say they are saddened by the demolition of a historic farmhouse in Spotsylvania County.

Built in the 1780s, the Bloomsbury farmhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as a field hospital during the Civil War Battle of Harris Farm.

Preservationist Caroline Hayden tells The Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/1AIcDT6 ) that the farmhouse’s demolition is a tragedy. She says the structure needed work but it shouldn’t have been torn down.

Local historian John Cummings says the farmhouse was an important cultural resource.

The farmhouse’s owner, Leonard Atkins, says he wanted to restore the structure but termite damage was too severe.

Atkins says he donated all of the furniture to a family who lost their home to a fire.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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