Teardown Times Three
There's a tenet of Paganism called the Threefold Law: Any harm you do comes back upon you threefold.
Today I am sending the intention of the Threefold Law against the developer who built this hideous mess:
This mess of McMansions sits on land that was once a farm. The land is about five miles from Antietam Battlefield.
Sitting in the midst of this heinous assault upon the rural countryside was this:
A Regency Era home (just ditch the porch and you'll see it) with the original cellar, flooring, and kitchen cabinetry. In 2008 I toured this home, because the developer of the McMansions expelled the tenant and left the place unlocked, hoping it would be vandalized.
There are all sorts of rules and regulations about tearing down houses that are on the Historical Register. Houses that probably served as hospitals during the Civil War. Houses that retain their original architectural elements.
Rules don't mean squat.
Today on her Facebook page, my sister lamented the overnight destruction of this property. It has been completely razed.
I tried to alert the county Historical Society to the plight of this home. I also fruitlessly searched for an old friend who was once a preeminent historian in the county. Sis, who lived within 200 yards of the house, did nothing.
There are three abandoned McMansions in Sis's neighborhood. The grass has grown up around these houses, and it's not clear if they are even up for sale. The families just stole away in the night, probably after being unable to make the mortgage note.
This is rural disaster. This is the character of a region being sucked down the drain.
I feel guilty. I should have done more to try to save that house.
But worse, I feel furious. This is a historic area, prime valley farmland, full 70 miles from Baltimore and Washington.
Threefold cursed be they who ordered the teardown of this house. Threefold cursed be they who carried out the act. And may the owners of the McMansions on the tract, one and all, face the reality of modern home construction. What do you think my sister's house will look like when it is as old as the one that was just razed?