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EARLEVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland state officials are offering a lifetime lease to the historic Grove Farm in Cecil County in exchange for restoring and maintaining it.

The Department of Natural Resources held an open house at the farm near Earleville on Saturday and is holding another on Oct. 13. The farm is part of the state’s Resident-Curatorship Program, which matches historic properties with those interested in restoring and maintaining them.

The farm sits on 750 acres of protected farmland and woodland. The restoration will cover the Federal-style main house built around 1810, as well as the carriage house, ice house, corn crib and several other buildings.

DNR officials say preference will be given to proposals from nonprofits with missions similar to theirs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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