Work underway to demolish caretaker's house at Antietam Lake

LOWER ALSACE TWP., Pa. - The end has come for a vacant home that has long overlooked Antietam Lake in Berks County.

Crews have begun tearing down the "severely dilapidated" structure that once served as the Antietam Lake Park caretaker's home. It sits above Angora Road in Lower Alsace Township.

The work should last through the week, according to Christopher Stress, the director of the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

All that will remain is the home's stone foundation, which may be used as a base for a picnic area and observation platform.

A study still needs to be done to determine whether it's feasible to build such a platform, Stress said.

The home's demolition is one of the last pieces of the improvements being made to the 643-acre park, which the county bought from Reading in 2005.

Other improvements that have been done include restoration of the dam and valve house, construction of a pedestrian walkway to the Mother's Tree, and upgrades to the Angora Road Trailhead.

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