Harford County officials and the Historical Society of Harford County are working to move and preserve the historic Joesting-Gorsuch House, which had been slated for demolition to make way for five new houses to be built on the north side of the Winters Run Golf Club property near Bel Air.
The historic red barn next to the house is being dismantled this week, however, as golf club officials and Forest Hill home builder Gemcraft Homes go through the final stages of obtaining county approval to build the new houses on nearly 12 acres off of North Tollgate Road near the club entrance.
The Joesting-Gorsuch House dates to the 1730s, making it one of the oldest standing structures in Harford County.
Operators of the Winters Run Golf Club near Bel Air are looking to sell a portion of their property that could include a house which local historical researchers say may date back to pre-Revolutionary times.
"The plan is to dismantle the house and store it until a permanent location can be found and ultimately restore it, preserve it and open it to the public," Mumby said. "That's the hope, that's the goal."
The county was scheduled to issue a demolition permit to remove the house Thursday. A permit already was issued to allow for the dismantling of the barn.
Mumby said permits, that would allow construction of the new houses, have not been issued.
"We can't do anything until the [old] house is off the property," Chris Demetrakis, the golf club's board president, said Wednesday.
Demetrakis said the county has given preliminary approvals to the plans for the new houses, and the developer is just waiting for the final plat to be approved.
Advocates for historic preservation in Harford County are trying to drum up community support to preserve the historic Joesting-Gorsuch House near Bel Air, which is expected to demolished to make way for new houses planned along the entrance to Winters Run Golf Club.