There's new life for a 100 year old landmark in Montgomery County, Md., that was once a family business.
The Heritage Tourism Alliance of Montgomery County announced Tuesday that it’s providing $47,000 in grant dollars for the restoration of the Poole Store on River Rd. in the Poolesville/Seneca area.
The store was built in 1901. For 45 years, it was operated by Billie Poole and her husband Raymond who sold eggs, preserves and supplies to Montgomery County farmers. The Pooles shut down the store in December 2010 due to economic hard times. It’s the same family that gave Poolesville, Md., its name.
The county owns the property now and is hoping to fix it up for the new tenant that now occupies the space.
The heritage alliance is also providing funding to restore other historic properties across the county:
• $9,000 Non-Capital Project Grant to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission for Oakley Cabin Archaeological Analysis & Interpretation in Olney
• $7,000 Non-Capital Project Grant to Heritage Montgomery for Heritage Days and Civil War Programs
“In this difficult economic environment, every dollar that we can bring to Montgomery County has a huge impact,” said Peggy Erickson, Executive Director of Heritage Montgomery. She adds that these are important projects and “we will continue to work to bring additional state dollars to benefit the county.”