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Letter: Inn's important for new generations

The inn served as a safehouse for the

The inn served as a safehouse for the Underground Railroad in the 1800s and received landmark status by the Town of Oyster Bay in 2012.

I'm responding to the letter about the Maine Maid Inn ["Maine Maid Inn a crumbling structure," July 13]. I disagree on three points.

Does the writer really understand Antebellum history? Not if he wants the Underground Railroad site turned into a commercial moneymaker for a very few employees. There are plenty of eateries in Jericho. History should trump greed.

The whole purpose of honoring that site for future generations, like the Roosevelt home in Oyster Bay, is to respect history. A simple plaque, like the writer suggested, is an insult.

The Maine Maid Inn will not be an eyesore if, as the judge halting the construction of the restaurant knows, it is restored as a historic site.

Jo-Ann Nowodzinski, Jericho