MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Martinsburg zoning officials have approved the operation of a bed and breakfast at the historic Boydville estate.
The Journal reports that the city Board of Zoning Appeals approved special exceptions from the city's zoning ordinance sought by Jonathan Mann. The exceptions allow Mann to operate a bed and breakfast, special events facility and commercial office at the two-century-old estate.
Mann and his wife Megan are acquiring the 13-acre estate for $500,000 from the Berkeley County Farmland Protection Board.
The sales agreement requires the property to be open to the public at least twice a year.
The estate's Georgian-style two-story mansion was built around 1812. President Abraham Lincoln spared the mansion from torching by Union troops during the Civil War.