December 29, 1988 |
It used to be a vacant, dilapidated farmhouse, surrounded by weeds and debris. Now, it's a neatly kept meeting place, thanks in large part to the $20,000 spent by volunteers on new plumbing, new wiring and other repairs. The volunteers provide an around-the-clock caretaker for the farmhouse, at 8600 Krewstown Rd. in Pennypack Park. They razed an unsightly barn next door. They sell Christmas trees and stage picnics and fund-raising events on the site. Quite a turnabout. The story has all of the makings of a grass-roots success story, save one - the neighbors don't want the volunteers near the 18- century farmhouse.
May 27, 1987 |
The fading wooden trim and shutters of the brick farmhouse at Cherry Hill's Barclay Farmstead will get a fresh coat of paint, and other improvements to the township-owned property will soon begin with money from a recently established trust fund. This month, the township received a check for $4,471 - the first interest payment on a $100,000 trust fund established in the will of former farmstead owner Helen C. Barclay. Barclay, who died in August at the age of 71, set aside money to help preserve the 19th-century farmhouse, forge barn and springhouse upon her death.
August 23, 1987 |
State police yesterday arrested a Western Pennsylvania couple and charged them with involuntary manslaughter after their 1-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter died when they were left inside a car parked in the sun near a farmhouse for much of the day Friday. The couple, John and Lisa Shields of Indiana, also charged with endangering the welfare of their children, were being held in Indiana County Jail after failing to make $50,000 and $15,000 bond respectively, police said. "It sounds as though they (the children)
April 30, 1992 |
When a March windstorm blew through a rustic barn in Uwchlan Township, it not only knocked down one of the barn's old stone walls, but it also touched off a skirmish between the barn's owner and officials who had tried to preserve the building. There wasn't much point in saving the rest of the barn, according to two township supervisors who visited the site, which is part of a local development called Weaver's Pond. But on Monday they did threaten to fine the developer of Weaver's Pond $35,000, saying he had allowed the accident to happen.
February 1, 2003 |
Elizabeth D. Medinger, 93, partners with her husband in marriage, business and unique home design, died Tuesday of complications associated with diabetes at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler. She had been a longtime resident of the city's Wyndmoor section, where she and her husband lived in an authentic re-creation they had built of an 18th-century Pennsylvania farmhouse. The house was authentic right down to the handmade nails. Born and raised in Reading, Mrs. Medinger taught elementary school there for a time after earning a teaching certificate from Kutztown Normal School.
August 3, 1988 |
For more than eight years, a dedicated band of volunteers from Mount Laurel's PAWS Farm has been devoting thousands of hours of work in an effort to preserve a crumbling farmhouse and create a nature and wildlife center among the housing developments of suburbia. This year, their efforts resulted in an invitation to the White House, where the founders and volunteer workers of PAWS Farm, a sanctuary for sick and orphaned animals, last week received a Take Pride in America plaque.
November 13, 2008
Cheese of the Month After years of vacations in Vermont, I thought I knew good cheddar. But the emergence of traditional farmhouse versions from England (where cheddar, after all, was born) has changed my perception of the genre. The American and British renditions are so unalike, they're practically different cheeses. You'll know what I mean when you taste Mrs. Quicke's, a traditional-style Brit from Devon. Whereas most Americans become creamy and sharp as they age, the British versions become intensely earthy.
April 25, 2000 |
Like a mummy in a tomb or a fly in amber, the wood cabin quietly weathered the centuries, encased in a whitewashed farmhouse. A Swedish settler - possibly an ancestor of Daniel Boone - lived there first in the 1600s. And the farmer who lived there last, Eliza MacBeth, vowed to preserve it forever. But Eliza MacBeth died years ago. And as a neighboring industrial park threatens to gobble up the borough's last farm, preservationists are scrambling to find a way to save the log house.
March 21, 1993 |
For several years, the Spring Valley Barn defied progress. Some looked at the faded wood of the 19th-century structure and saw a piece of history well worth saving. Others saw a dilapidated shell of a building occupying a site that seemed made for tennis courts and walking paths. The farmstead of the Joseph Ambler family became the object of a tug-of-war between preservationists and township officials. Now, after four years of wrangling, the struggle is over. The barn will soon be disappearing from the township landscape - but not from the face of the earth.
June 29, 1989 |
A curious look was on 5-year-old Matthew Leach's face when he stepped out of the sunshine and into the cool, unlighted main room of the Colonial Plantation's farmhouse in Ridley Creek State Park. Matthew was one of about 75 people who visited the plantation Sunday afternoon as the 18th-century living museum celebrated its 15th anniversary. Once inside the main room, he listened with obvious interest as Pat Gaines, a volunteer worker at the plantation, explained how the flax that she was spinning would soon be woven into linen clothing for workers on the farm.