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Group wants to preserve historic home in Charlotte

Posted 7:53 a.m. Tuesday

— Some Charlotte residents want to preserve a home that once belonged to a woman they call the feminine "Paul Revere."

The Charlotte Observer reported ( http://bit.ly/2cYY5bZ) efforts are underway to preserve the home of Jane Parks McDowell, who rode 10 miles with a baby to tell her husband and his military unit that the British were evacuating the city during the Revolutionary War.

The "Save the McDowell House" effort is designed to save what's left of the house from a planned townhouse development.

Builder BNA Homes is trying to rezone almost 16 acres, a site that includes the house. Plans call for up to 124 townhouses on the site.

The McDowell House has been rebuilt but still includes parts of the original log cabin structure. It is in poor shape.

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