Mass. offering free rent at historic homes

Nov. 25, 2007 at 5:43 PM
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NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Individuals looking for a historic home with a long-term lease and free rent should contact Massachusetts officials under a new state offering.

While the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's new offer does sound tempting, department officials warn that any renters would be required to maintain the historic properties during their stay, The Boston Globe said Sunday.

The head of the DCR's Historic Curatorship program said the six "unique historic properties" being offered as part of the state's deal were included due to their value to their communities or the surrounding region.

"They all have some historic value," Kevin Allen said. "Most of them have histories tied into the parks and the region."

Yet he warned prospective candidates they would be required to spend some money for maintenance and should be prepared for whatever surprises lurk within the historic homes.

"You have to be willing to tear down a wall, not knowing what you might find," the DCR official told the Globe. "It could be a family of possums."

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