SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – The future of an old tavern in Cumberland County was decided Wednesday evening at the Silver Spring Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
The supervisors voting to restore the Bell Tavern
Tarps covering a splintered roof, stones missing from the chimney, all creating an eyesore along the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township.
“It’s very disappointing. I was actually up here the day that they had started to demolish the building, and it was just very emotional,” said Christine Musser, liaison with the Patriots of Captain Bell’s Tavern Association.
Musser gets emotional over the historic building built in the 1700s. The company that owns it started to tear it down until it learned of its historical significance. Local historians say the Bill of Rights was written in the building.
Supporters say it would cost around $400,000 just to restore the back of the Bell Tavern. It would cost even more money to rebuild the inside of it. It’s a price they’re willing to pay to preserve a part of Cumberland County’s history.
“Taverns like this are very few now in Cumberland County, and it is just one of many historical buildings that needs to be preserved in in Silver Spring Township, as well as Cumberland County,” Musser said.
State Representatives Stephen Bloom and Greg Rothman sent a letter to the Patriots of Captain Bell’s Tavern Association to voice their support in saving it.
“This building is literally one of the birthplaces of the Bill of Rights in our U.S. Constitution, and it’s right in my district in Silver Spring Township. To me, it’s an important issue. I’m glad to be encouraging the folks who want to preserve it to do what they can and to get what support they can to make this happen and bring this piece of history back and keep it alive here in Cumberland County,” said Rep. Bloom, (R) – Cumberland County.
Triple Crown, which owns the building, did not return our calls for comment.
Musser says the Triple Crown would donate the building to a non-profit organization, and the Patriots of Captain Bell’s Tavern Association hopes to get it. They would turn it into a heritage and cultural center.
“We want to encompass not only Silver Spring Township but Cumberland County and the history and the culture of during that time,” Musser said.
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