'Blair Witch' House Saved

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 11/18/1998 12:00AM

The house of horror featured in the hit movie "The Blair Witch Project" won't be demolished by a wrecking ball. Reuters reports that the state of Maryland has been persuaded to save the 200-year old Griggs house, located in Baltimore County, which was used in the movie's climatic ending. (Spoiler's alert: the film's characters meet their grim fate in the house.) Last month the house had been declared historically insignificant by state officials and plans were underway to destroy it. The reason for the turn-around was not clear, although a spokesman for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources said the state was "approached by a party that has an interest in the structure that has a benefit for the state." Blair Witch Haunted House tours, anyone?

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