Historic Bell Tavern demolished

NEW KINGSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – The historic Bell Tavern building in Silver Spring Township has been torn down.

Triple Crown Corporation, which owns the property in the 7000 block of Carlisle Pike, said the partially demolished building was a safety hazard.

Triple Crown began tearing down the stone building last year, but the demolition was halted after an outcry from local historians and others. The tavern, they said, in the 1700’s was a meeting place for revolutionaries who wanted independence and later anti-federalists who sought amendments limiting federal power in the Constitution, which later became the Bill of Rights.

In June, Triple Crown agreed to sell the land to a preservation group, The Bell Tavern Association.

The company said The Bell Tavern Association was unable to meet the conditions of the sale – including raising the funds to purchase the building – and the property continued to deteriorate, especially under the recent heavy snow.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission says the property will be designated as a historical site.

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