Jehovah's Witness Rockville home favored to be historic

The Rockville City Council voted in favor of designating the house as historic. (Photo: Kevin Lewis)

(WJLA) - The Rockville City Council Monday night voted in favor of designating a home as historic that the Jehovah’s Witnesses own and want to add on to.

Neighbors said that the house needed to be preserved. The house, built in 1920s, is on property formerly owned by freed slaves.

The vote means the home will stand as is, making plans to expand on the quarter acre lot more challenging.

Church elder Rod Escobar told ABC7 that the church bought the home along Great Falls Road near Maryland Avenue in 2008 after it had been abandoned for two years.