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Warminster Residents Hope To Save Colonial-Era House From Demolition

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The William Tennent House in Warminster has deteriorated over the years. (Credit: Brad Segall)

The William Tennent House in Warminster has deteriorated over the years. (Credit: Brad Segall)

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WARMINSTER, Pa. (CBS) – An effort is underway in Bucks County to save the house of one of the area’s most historic figures, with a group of local historians and concerned citizens expected to show up at tonight’s supervisors meeting in Warminster.

The William Tennent House sits on land owned by Christ’s Home for Children, located off York Road. It dates back to the early 1700’s and has been deteriorating over the years. Township officials believe the non-profit organization now has plans to demolish the structure.

Sybil Johnson, of Friends of the Tennent House, says they found out almost by accident, “We just happened to be out in that area in August working on an archaeology project over at the Log College site and that’s when we noticed that the house was being prepared for demolition.”

Johnson says the Reverend William Tennent began higher education in Warminster with his Log College. “It’s an area where something started, a spark went off and you have so many colleges out there that can trace themselves back to this school and this location.” Including Princeton University.

She says Warminster is celebrating its 300th anniversary as a township this year and it would be a shame to lose this historic structure. They’re hoping the township can work with Christ’s Home to preserve the property.

Reported by Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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