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105 Stoops Road, Gettysburg, Adams County $475,000
4 bedrooms, 2 baths
Historic 1865 Home original wood frame farm house containing original floors, windows, doors, fixtures and trim. House has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, Formal Living Room with fireplace, Dining Room, and spacious Country Kitchen, additional room off the kitchen for home office, library or sitting room.
It contains two stairways, a full basement with walk in fireplace and outside entryway. Spacious attic could be finished for third floor use. Barn and outbuildings in good condition. A property that can be used for horses, vineyard, organic farming or historic bed and breakfast. All nestled on a picturesque 49.8 acres with pond and stream. Barn is #202 in the Historic Gettysburg - Adams County Historic Barn Registry. A historic documentation is being completed on the land and farm background.
This is a beautiful historic home set in a picturesque bucolic setting in the historic rolling acres of Gettysburg Pennsylvania. It has been kept as close to original state as possible. An perfect home for those seeking respite from the hectic life of the city or urban environment. An historic home lovers dream in a dream setting.
Contact: Mary Anne Bayer
6480 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
No listings at this time
Historic Mt. Jordan Pottery Residence - Under Contract!
212 Media Road, Oxford $309,900
Discover authentic Chester County living by making this historically significant property your new dream home. Overlooking conserved farmland, this piece of history offers the best of country living, yet is minutes away from major commuting routes to Washington, Baltimore, Lancaster, and Philadelphia. If you have been searching for a relaxed, peaceful, country lifestyle then the atmosphere of bucolic Oxford is just what you are looking for. This property completes the picture.
Built by the Irish potter R.J. Grier circa 1817, in a time when quality craftsmanship mattered. This property will not disappoint the historic home lover. Original chestnut and oak flooring, exposed beamed ceilings, original stone potter's shed and boxed spiral staircases are just some of the delightful historic features. Custom upgrades, true to character, of the home, shows added respect to this historic home. If owning a piece of Chester County history is your desire, visit this beautiful property and realize your dream!
6 bedrooms, 2.5 baths on about an acre, overlooking conserved farmland.
Contact: Jason Maloney
Groovy 1972 [former] Gas Station, 244 York Road, Carlisle Sale $290,000 or annual Lease $15,600
Zoned suburban commercial. 618 square feet. Oh, we can already taste the delicious coffee that we'd drink after this place is transformed into a super-neat-o coffee shop, bakery. Or a kitty cat cafe. Or.... well, just let your imagination wander!
Looking forward to the grand re-opening! Who will be the person with the vision?
No listings at this time.
G.C. Murphy Building, 519-521 Market Street, Johnsonburg $75,000
- Built in 1892, this potential-popping property is located in Johnsonburg's Historic District and designated a Historic Property.
- 12,750 square foot building is located on a 50 x 85 city lot
- Three stories, plus a poured basement, has a 12 year old rubber roof, and 4 methods of egress.
- Brick exterior, hardwood floors, city water, and natural gas.
From the owner: I purchased the GC Murphy building in 2014 with the sincere hope of saving it from falling into the hands of someone who didn't appreciate its historic properties or its potential. I owned a photography studio, which I moved into the building. The building was cleaned from top to bottom prior to my purchase. I added a washroom on the first floor; replaced the broken windows; refinished the first floor hardwood; and refinished one set of doors. There are so many ways that this treasure can be used; however, the changing industry has forced me to close my studio. My dream would be to have event spaces on the first and third floors with rooms for rent on the second floor.
Johnsonburg currently has no hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts; so when people come to town for weddings, funerals, baptisms, family gatherings, business at the papermill, etc. they are forced to stay in a neighboring town. The GC Murphy building has so much character, and there is an empty lot just feet from the front door that would be wonderful for parking. (the empty lot does not come with the building) I hope that someone is able to purchase and bring this treasure to life or invest in saving it.
For more information, contact:
222 Race Street, Ridgway REDUCED $115,000
Built in 1910, you can own a piece of Hyde Murphy in this office building in historic downtown Ridgway, PA, that was once the main office for the Hyde Murphy Company. Investment property with great income potential.
Realtor: Leah Whiteman
Elk County Real Estate, LLC
39 N. St. Mary Street, St. Marys, PA 15857
814-781-1393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
116 Center Street, St. Mary's REDUCED: $74,5000
Whether you are looking for a place to put an office or maybe you want to open your own Bed and Breakfast, look no further. This property, located in Downtown St. Marys on beautiful Center St, was once home to the Sunder family and most recently was part of the Town House Motor Inn. With its 9 rooms and 7 bathrooms, you are set to make it whatever you want.
Realtor: Leah Whiteman
Elk County Real Estate, LLC
39 N. St. Mary Street, St. Marys, PA 15857
814-781-1393 or email email@example.com
1167 National Pike, Hopwood $299,000
Lots of possibilities with this historic brick building. Ground floor is finished and ready to rent. Originally a restaurant/tavern with a stage and dance floor, the oak trim on the doors, windows, beams, take you back to the '40s. The abundance of light will have you falling in love with this building. Previous tenants have included: a tailor, a church, an accountant, a furniture store, a craft store, an equipment rental showroom,...possibilities are endless.
A large gravel parking lot allows for expansion.
The first floor is finished and ready to occupy. Two balconies overlook the mountains. Walk to the supermarket, P.O., restaurants, a convenient location.
The upper level was formerly a hotel with 12 bedrooms, 3 baths. The rooms upstairs need updating, but the beautiful wood floors and claw foot bathtubs are still there. We still have the keys to all the rooms.
A three bedroom, 2 bath rental apartment over a 2 car garage in the back is currently rented.
For sale by owner: Suzann Stotlemyer Worl: 301/718-0280 Cell:724/557-2915
No listings at this time.
Grove's Department Store, 504 Washington Street, Huntingdon, Huntingdon County Now $109,900
William Reed & Sons, circa 1895.
Grand old store front building in downtown Huntingdon.
Historic details include the original stained glass windows, architectural structures, tin ceilings and more. Many of the original architectural elements seen in the photo of the
full front of the building (decorated in red, white and blue buntings
for Old Home Week in the early 1900's) are stored in the 4th floor.
Large first floor storeroom/showroom.
Second floor features a dance studio and older office section, as well as large ballroom.
Third floor features large open room and smaller office area.
Numerous possibilities such as store front and apartments, Section 8 housing, multi-floor shopping, business incubator, co-op office or studio space.
Newer gas furnace, rubber roof.
Sq. Ft.: 12,960.00
Current owners would like to find preservation-minded new owners who will be good stewards and contribute to the long-term vitality of this historic downtown location.
Agent: Tim Schrack
More photographs available at link
904 Main Street, Alexandria – $179,900
Historical mill built 1833, now being use as office and lab space on 3.53 Acre tract in Alexandria.
Large rooms. 5 floors, including basement and 4th floor.
6 very nice offices and 1 beautiful conference room.
Updated heating system.
Property was previously used as residence and office.
Lots of off street parking with paved driveway and additional parking in the rear.
Many rooms have beautiful knotty pine paneling and pine floors.
7800 square feet of net leasable space area.
Property borders Juniata River.
Easy access to Rt 22, State Forest, Lower Trail, also easy Drive to State College and Altoona
MLS # 2813533
Historical overview: The Gemmill Mill is a local landmark closely associated with the history of Alexandria and Porter Township. It occupies a large lot on the banks of the Juniata River, adjacent to the National Register-eligible Alexandria Historic District. The grandsons of town founder Elizabeth Gemmill built the imposing frame grist mill in 1833 near two important routes of travel and
commerce: the Pennsylvania Canal and the Huntingdon, Cambria and Indiana Turnpike. Under the ownership of Jacob Gemmill and then James H. Dysart, it was one of the most important mills in the area for over a century. Milling was discontinued when its mill dam on the Juniata River was destroyed by the great flood of 1936. In 1954 the property was acquired by John Rhodes who converted the building into a combined home and business. Since 2000 it has served as the headquarters office for a history/preservation/archaeology consulting firm which would like to find a preservation-minded new owner who values the building’s historical significance.
Although adapted for modern use, the Gemmill Mill still retains many of its original architectural features and is well-suited to serve a variety of possible functions.
For more information, contact Burgess Smith
Fairbrook Manor, Pennsylvania Furnace REDUCED: $2,445,000
Also known as Pennsylvania Furnace Mansion, Lyons Mansion or The Cedars, Fairbrook Manor is now for sale.
This 40-acre estate contains a 13-bedroom, 28-room stone house that was
originally built in 1834 and is listed in the National Register of
With private access to Spruce Creek and a 5-acre pond, the property
provides world class fly fishing and would be a wonderful residence, inn
or corporate retreat. Additional acreage and furnishings may be
available at an additional cost. Located 20 minutes from Penn State University and State College, PA.
111 West Main Street, New Holland, Lancaster County $410,000
Queen Anne, built 1887, in downtown New Holland. Zoned C-1 for residential or commercial use. 4,203 square ft spacious living area with 414 sq ft in finished basement, all heated and cooled. 5 bedrooms – 2-1/2 baths including large master suite with 2 walk-in closets and a cedar closet and a Victorian bath with original fixtures. Kitchen/breakfast room has custom built-in cabinetry with hand-blown glass and teak counter tops
10 ft. ceilings, custom trim, numerous closets and wood flooring throughout. Stained glass windows and beautiful chandeliers, Huge wrap-around front porch
Mechanicals up-to-date; two zones for central heating (natural gas) and air conditioning throughout. Basement workshop
Attached two-car garage with large attic above AND detached 1,344 square foot, two-story carriage house with basement, two-car garage and adjoining courtyard.
House meticulously maintained; roof two years old; freshly painted interior
Contact: Joe Patterson at 717-823-7556
106 South Church Street, Quarryville REDUCED: $249,900
A historic 1910 Victorian home once owned by Dr. H. W. Huffnagle in the 20th century, features high 9' ceilings, authentic & ornate stained glass windows, & beautiful & rare stained American Chestnut molding, millwork, & doors with the original crystal doorknobs throughout.
It features 4 bedrooms & 1 1/2 baths & loads of charm!
The large backyard is beautifully landscaped with flower gardens & trees with a fire pit and a large covered flagstone patio perfect for outdoor entertaining. A large gardening shed for all the perennials and a finished 2nd floor of the 1-car heated carriage house round out this wonderful property. It's centrally-located in Quarryville and is walking distance to everything, with its own private entrance to Huffnagle Park!
1864 Susquehannock Drive, Drumore $875,000
Nestled in southern Lancaster County, this 18th century English-style 2½-story stone farmhouse offers panoramic views of the Susquehanna River Valley in Drumore Township. Surrounded by Amish farms and Susquehannock State Park, this 11.3 acre farmette features a 3 bay, 3384 square foot home with 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, 6 Fireplaces, a double-decker stone bank barn, detached summer kitchen, which now serves as a workshop, and a stone smokehouse which could have multiple uses presently serving as a garden house. Physical evidence on the house, per the current owners, supports an early date (1730-1770) with its style of masonry, eaves and segmental arches. Oral history places the date of the earliest construction at 1767.
The home retains beautifully restored and preserved original architectural features including 6 fireplaces, with the cooking hearth in the kitchen and its flanking cupboards. The living room has its original floor to ceiling corner cupboard and a unique family bible cupboard recessed into the stone wall. Original oak and pine hardwood floors, chair rail and peg rail abound throughout the home. The conveniences of modern living have been creative
ly integrated into the home to provide the ease and comfort of 21st century life while maintaining the original feel of a colonial home. The spacious master bedroom and en suite features a ceramic tile bath with radiant heat, his and her vanities, a walk-in shower and a beautiful interior exposed stone wall.
The property, featured in Early American Life in 2013, is enhanced with mature trees, perennial gardens, a water garden, four square kitchen garden, walls and walkways, a north enclosed porch and a south open porch. This gorgeous estate could have future uses as a horse farm, possible B&B, a wedding location or simply a stunning view. This authentically restored and preserved home, barn and outbuildings is a must see!
Barbara Maher, ASP
Lusk & Associates Sotheby's International Realty
717 - 669-3631
37 East Main Street, Strasburg, Lancaster County Now $294,900
Register listed historic home in Strasburg built in 1874 features pine
floors throughout, antique lighting, exposed brick walls and a second
floor screened in balcony. Detached 2 car garage has plenty of storage
above and lovely landscaping surrounds this property. Great pride has
been taken in staying true to this home's history!
For more information, contact
Phone: (855) 406-4290
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Herr's Mill Covered Bridge, Lancaster County FREE (to be moved)
famous Herr’s Mill Bridge has been a Pennsylvania landmark for nearly
170 years. Lancaster County’s oldest and longest covered bridge, it is a
standout even among the area’s multiple other fine bridges. Listed
on the National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 1980, the
Herr’s Mill Bridge has already been identified as a significant resource
at the local, state and national levels. This Bridge is available free to a good home, provided that it will be re-erected in its entirety.
52 - 54 BOYLSTON STREET, BRADFORD, McKEAN COUNTY $975,000
OF LOVE -- Stunning, completely renovated commercial building with top
of the line finishes, located in Bradford's Downtown Historic District.
One of the finest structures in town, move in ready. Currently set as
two separate doctors’ offices, one on each floor. It can be easily
converted in any other setup, with separate entrances. First level,
currently set as doctor’s office, has four exam rooms, three offices,
large front desk office, two waiting rooms, break room with kitchenette,
two bathrooms, and storage rooms. Telephone system, wireless internet
and Direct TV already installed. Three-zone HVAC system.
Second level is long-term leased, and also set as multiple doctor’s
offices. It has large waiting room, six exam rooms, four offices, X-ray
room, two bathrooms, storage rooms, and large reception area. Many
original architectural details throughout the 1892 building. Original
gas fireplaces with exotic wood mantels in all waiting rooms and some
offices, African wood paneling throughout whole first and
floor, original stairway with stainless steel railings, all inside
doors, and doors and windows molding. Both handmade metal entrance doors
were imported from Mexico. Space for new elevator created and new
elevator installed. Adjacent to the building is private parking lot with
25 parking spaces.
Contact: Kathleen Obermeyer, Sales Associate
ERA Real Estate
709 Penllyn Pike, Lower Gwynedd PA 19002, Montgomery County $1,350,000
6 bedrooms, 6 baths. Spectacular Colonial home featuring old charm with modern amenities on over 2 acres in the heart of Lower Gwynedd. Dating back to 1829, this gem has been completely updated throughout. The property features 6 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, refinished hard wood flooring throughout, amazing millwork, deep-sill windows, and over 7000 sq. ft. of living space. Enjoy the gourmet eat-in kitchen with solid wood cabinetry, soap stone counter tops, stone backsplash, top of the line stainless steel appliances, exposed beams and a breakfast area with an electric fireplace. Living space includes a formal Living and Dining Room, a Library, and a Family Room with French doors leading out to a covered brick patio in the lovely backyard. The grounds are sensational with a brick patio and courtyard, a back porch and views of the original stone walls surrounding the property in your own private sanctuary. Upstairs, the Master Suite offers an oasis after a long day with a sitting area, large walk-in closet, newly renovated Master Bath with ceramic tile, double cherry vanity, walk-in shower and a covered balcony with gorgeous views of the grounds. There is a Princess Suite with full Bath and fireplace, 6 additional Bedrooms and 2 full Baths on the second level. The third level offers 2 more Bedrooms and a full Bath for private quarters.
The home includes 8 fireplaces, 2-zoned HVAC and public water and sewer. There is a carriage house with heat and electricity and a barn that could be used as a 3-car garage.
Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors
721 Skippack Pike, Suite 100
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Office: (215) 619-0525
Cell: (484) 431-3528
Glendower Farm, 1221 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd $3.900,000
A Historic Estate Property with all the charm and character you would expect but lwith all the conveniences and luxury of today. A sweeping driveway leads you to a breathtaking setting, nestled on a 7.8 acre site enhanced with mature trees, specimen plantings, gardens, stone entry walls and walkways, multiple outbuildings, pavilions and patios.
The original homestead dates back to 1700’s with the history of being part of the kings grant to William Penn who later conveyed the property to Evans one of the first settlers in Gwynedd Valley. First floor living areas offers multiple formal, informal and leisure living areas that in include a library/den/study, music room and Family/Great room. Kitchen includes custom cabinetry, lots of granite counter tops, artisan tile backsplash and a breakfast bar. The breakfast room has a walk-in fireplace, beamed ceiling and outdoor vistas .
10 fireplaces, deep window sills, leaded glass panes, wide planked hardwood flooring, beaded beamed ceilings antique built- in furniture and corner cabinets, and custom craftsmen millwork.
The second and third floors are accessible by a center hall grand staircase. Master Suite includes a dressing room, lavish bath & 2 F/P’s, plus 5 additional bedrooms and 3 baths, a private office/ study and a 2nd floor laundry.
Converted barn has been tastefully transformed into an incredible indoor/outdoor entertainment hall, pool house, guest/ in law, or au pair quarters. There are multiple bath accommodations and a full gourmet kitchen facility. Additional unfinished areas of the barn offers a shop, storage, and garage facilities for the collectors. Patios, terraces, and decks plus in-ground swimming pool. Tennis pavilion and 2 tennis courts.
Realtor: David J. Caracausa
929 E Schuylkill Ave, Pottstown $399,900
Built to last! This historic colonial was built before America was a country! Embrace modern world conveniences while still enjoying this home's original architecture and look, like the ORIGINAL blown glass windows! Most of the original hardware is still around, down to the lock on the front door! Window air conditioning units are all around the home for your comfort. The renovated kitchen includes a large farm sink, Jenn-Air oven and microwave, flat-top stove, soapstone countertops, and a Bosch dishwasher. The renovated master bathroom features a jacuzzi tub and gorgeous walk-in shower!
The main level of the home boasts two beautiful stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, and built-in bookshelves that would make an amazing setting for a small business. On the second level, there is the master bedroom with an amazing cathedral ceiling and steps down into the room, as well as two other spacious bedrooms with closets. The HUGE fourth bedroom is the biggest room in the house and is a flight of stairs up from the second level.
The outside of the house is equally impressive, featuring a two car garage, covered back porch, private back yard and garden, GORGEOUS 300 year old sycamore tree, and a root cellar! This house lies in the Owen J Roberts School district, which is ranked in the top 5 percent of districts in the state according to School Digger! Very convenient access to major routes such as 422, 724, and Pottstown Pike, and just a three minute drive to the Coventry Mall. A house like this does not come around often!
Contact The McKnight Team at Keller Williams, 215/657-8100
Louis Kahn-designed Weiss House - AIA Gold Medal Winner
2935 Whitehall Road, E. Norriton $995,000
From the National Trust for Historic Preservation, "The Houses of Louis Kahn"
: "Kahn described the Weiss House in East Norriton Township, Pennsylvania, as 'a house that is contemporary, but does not break away from tradition.' The wood and stone structure, built between 1947 and 1950 for local menswear shop owner Morton Weiss and his wife, showcases Kahn’s signature connection to the outdoors through a unique window system -- residents can rearrange opaque and transparent panels in the living space to control the amount of light being let in throughout the course of the day. The house, which won the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1950, was the first that Kahn designed after returning from a tour of Italy, Greece, and Egypt. The total construction cost for the house, including cabinetry, furniture, and a Kahn-designed mural, was $50,000. Both Weisses continued to live in the house until their deaths in 2004."
This property is threatened with demolition or intensive development (150-room senior rental development, along with 180 parking spaces) on the 9.9 acre property.
HIGH HOLLOW, 101 W. Hampton Road, Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill)
To read about High Hollow on the Chestnut Hill Historical Society website, click here
To read Chestnut Hill Local
article about the property and Sheriff's sale, click here
For more photos, via Curbed Philadelphia
, click here
Construction on High Hollow, began in 1914 and was completed in 1917. The spectacular house would serve as the personal residence of noted architect George Howe. (Howe, in 1932, along with Swiss architect William Lescaze, designed the PSFS Building at 12th and Market streets, that today is considered to be America’s first international style skyscraper.)
The 13,000-square-foot house is located on the edge of Fairmount Park, situated on 4.3 sloping acres adjacent to and overlooking Wissahickon Valley Park. Although historically and environmentally significant, the property is not protected by historic designation or easements.
While bidding starts at $92,800 for this property, it is assessed at $2,070,000, and there are perhaps millions of dollars in additional IRS liens.
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Old Hickory, 4 North Main Street, Coudersport, Potter County $65,000
known as the F. W. Knox residence, Old Hickory is a 3-story frame
building in the Italianate style. Construction of the house began in
1875 and was completed in 1880, using local lumber, and sparing no
expense to make it the finest private home in Potter County. The elegant
house is characterized by a prominent tower with round arched windows
and a bracketed roof, as well as other decorative wood detailing in the
gable ends, window hoods, porches and more.
In 1928, the Knox family sold the mansion, and it was converted for use
as an inn known as Old Hickory Tavern. Through the mid-20th century, Old
Hickory was the place to be for evenings out, corporate parties and
more. The building has been vacant since 1987. It is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places as part of the Coudersport Historic
District. Read more about this property in Preservation Pennsylvania's 2013 Pennsylvania At Risk List newsletter -- click here
Amazing opportunity to own a piece of Coudersport History. This once
beautiful Italianate home and former Old Hickory Inn built in 1880,
still has so much to offer. There are three floors with about 1,690
square feet each and three sets of curved wooden staircases. The
fireplaces were restored along with the chimneys. So many possibilities
for this one of a kind building. Call for more information or to take a
walk through time and dream. MLS128203
Howard Hanna Real Estate
Congruity Stagecoach Inn
1142 Old William Penn Highway , Greensburg, Westmoreland County
$249,000 >> $225,000
(3 BR) (historical stagecoach inn) built c.1820. Additional
warehouse/studio-soaring 2 story designed w/ cathedral ceiling &
windows spanning 2 floors w/ double door loading dock/attached upper
annex. Property has multiple business/personal possibilities. Public
Water w/ Self Cleaning EPA designed/approved Sewage System. Bilevel
(Ample) Parking. Wooded Acreage. Buildings are in good condition with
separate oil & electric.
House has been determined eligible for the National Register of
Historic Places. Originally a tavern and inn, the site later served as a
recruiting station for Civil War soldiers and then as a glove factory.
High Ceilings/Plank Flooring/Blown Glass Window/3 Exposed
Fireplaces & 3 covered (6 total)/. Full Bsmt with separate Stone
Cold Cellar entrance.
Studio easily subdivided into 5 Multi-Use areas. Sylvan Setting on Rte 22. $1,000 Bonus to Selling Broker.
A.M. Grove House, 1316 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville
Beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian on 5 acres in southern York County. Listed on the National Register of historic places and overlooks the historic railroad village of Muddy Creek Forks, preserved as a living history museum. Private and peaceful country setting but within an easy commute to York, Lancaster, Bel Air, Hunt Valley and Baltimore.
This 7 Bedroom, 5000 square foot home has been fully restored to its turn of the century elegance but with all modern amenities. Home has original wood floors, lighting fixtures, pocket doors, wood work and mantelpieces. Five acres of woods, gardens and native landscaping and numerous outdoor living areas make this property a nature lovers paradise.
A wrap around porch, patio, and sleeping porch/balcony provide plenty of area to enjoy this unique and beautiful outdoor setting. This property also includes all original outbuildings including summer kitchen, ice house, smoke house, out house, pump house, barn, garage, and chicken coop. Plenty of room to bring your horses, chickens or other favorite critters. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to own this piece of York county history!
Hanover Theater, 39 Frederick Street, Hanover $550,000
This 12,000 square foot vaudeville theater opened in 1928 as the State Theater (renamed The Hanover in 1961) and operated as a movie theater until 1986.
It was designed by noted theater architect William H. Lee and is one of only two completely intact theaters decorated by Arthur Brounet, renowned for his theatrical murals.
It fell into disrepair in the 1990's but has been stabilized and is awaiting new ownership and renovation.
Contact: Dave Leske, Dave@HanoverTheater.info
Clear Springs Mill, 302 Capitol Hill Road, Dillsburg $414,900 SALE PENDING
The grist mill and sawmill at Clear Springs first appear on local tax records in 1809, built by Adam Ernst along the north branch of the Bermudian Creek. A generation later acquired by George Dick, the property remained with the Dick family until 1994.
In the 1880s the simple 2-story mill was expanded to a full three stories. The need for more space as well as the indications of pride in the construction of this new building tell us business was good. The grist mill housed 3 sets of mill stones, grinding flour, meal and animal feed for local farmers. In addition, the sawmill had one set of stones used for grinding limestone, hauled down by wagon from the kilns on South Mountain.
But with the coming of large commercial mills in the 1900s, local rural mills became unprofitable. Clear Spring Mills ground its last sack of cornmeal in 1947. The sawmill had ceased operating in the 1930s. Then a new highway in 1956 separated the mills from their water source. For nearly 50 years these wonderful pieces of rural history sat abandoned and deteriorating.
In 1994 Art and Donna Bert acquired the property from the descendants of the Dick family. Detailed restoration of the grist mill building started almost immediately, from replacing rotting sill logs and siding at the bottom to new slate and standing seam metal roof at the top. And everything in between, including reglazing 400+ panes of glass. In the spring of 1996 Donna, a spinner and weaver, opened the gift shop and gallery at Clear Springs Mill.
Restoration of the sawmill, which was nearly a ruin, began in 1999. It now offers a wonderful area for outdoor gatherings, as well as wood working and fiber studio space.
Clear Spring Mills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project received the Award for Excellence from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission for attention to detail in the restoration process. Art and Donna now live at the mill in an 1840s log house which they dismantled and moved to the property.
Listing Agent: Derek Bicksler