MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A historic estate in Martinsburg has been transferred to its new owners.
The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/ZvOfgY ) of Hagerstown, Md., reports that the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board completed the sale of Boydville to Jonathan and Megan Mann earlier this month.
The couple acquired the two-century-year-old estate for $500,000.
The sales agreement requires the property to be open to the public at least twice a year. A conservation easement restricts new development. There's also a preservation easement regarding the property's structures.
In March, Jonathan Mann received a city zoning exception that allows him to operate a bed and breakfast, special events facility and commercial office at Boydville.
The estate's Georgian-style two-story mansion was built around 1812. President Abraham Lincoln spared the mansion from torching by Union soldiers during the Civil War.