Craig Ingram, an Allison-Antrim Museum board member, appeared before Antrim Township supervisors Tuesday night to provide information about a request for funding.

The museum is asking the township for $20,000, in part to help with the maintenance costs of the Ebbert Spring property.

While the museum is located in the Borough of Greencastle, the limestone house and pumphouse at Ebbert Spring are in the township.

The Archaeological Conservancy now owns the property off U.S. 11 south of Greencastle. Part of the acreage for Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve was donated by ATAPCO, developer of the adjacent Antrim Township Business Park, and part purchased by the conservancy with funding from Antrim Township, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Elfrieda Frank Foundation.

It has been dubbed a “super site” by the state, with artifacts spanning 10,000 years from prehistoric to more recent history, such as the French and Indian War.

TAC will create trails with archaeological, historical, geological, ecological and environmental history kiosks throughout the property.

ATAPCO and TAC are still negotiating access and parking for the site, according to Brad Graham, township administrator. Agreeing on the driveway is key to opening the site to the public.

"I'm with it, but we need the conservancy and ATAPCO to settle, then we can sit down and start crunching numbers," said Supervisor Rick Baer. "We need to have a road into it."

Allison-Antrim has a 99-year, no cost lease with TAC for the structures at Ebbert Sprung, which include the original house that was built in 1750 by William Allison, father of John Allison, founder of Greencastle.

"As part of our evolution, we saw the opportunity to invest in Ebbert Spring," according to Ingram. "The reality is that this is a property that needs maintenance. If we want to develop it for public use, it will take money to get there."

Oil and electric are estimated at nearly $6,000 a year and there were painting costs of $15,000 right off the bat.

"Ten years from now, there will be growing pains we've forgotten," Ingram said.

Supervisors asked about funding from the borough and TAC.

Ingram said the borough budget is very tight and even if it does make a donation, it won't be enough to "get us off the ledge." TAC has not yet been approached about funding.

A goal of TAC is to have Ebbert Spring Archaeological Preserve used by local schools. Supervisor Fred Young said he also would like to see more use of Allison-Antrim Museum by Greencastle-Antrim schools since it is just across the street from the school complex.

"That sounds like a good topic for an intergovernmental meeting," said Supervisor Pat Heraty.