Do you have a favorite food that has been in the family since you can remember? Just the thought of it stirs up happy memories? Aunt Lydia’s coffee cake was my mother-in-laws signature dessert. Hazel served it at every backyard barbecue, and get-together, which in her family, happened frequently.Continue Reading
‘This belongs to Johnnie’.
and dying so young.
my grandmothers crochet hooks post
Not knowing the current owners, we decided to take a chance and drive up the long lane to the house. We were greeted by the new owners who told us they had hoped someone would one day come along and tell them history about this old house. The local high school history class had published research at the York County Heritage Trust and we made copies and gave it to the new owners.
We were told there was a corner stone with the date and names of the family members. It is currently located at the roof peak on the side of the house. The original house was built in 1779
FRONICA S W
ESTER PETER JOHN
but the engraving is still quite clear.
Holtzschwamm means woody swamp.
The first church was a log cabin building erected in the center of
the old graveyard.
(See the open area in the above picture)
The church in the above photo is the third one and was
erected in 1849 at a cost of $2,800.00.
For a time the building served two congregations ~
Lutheran and German Reformed
My forth Great-grandfather served as an Elder of the
Reformed Consistory in 1838.He and his wife are buried in this churchyard cemetery as are his son Jonas and many other family members.
Born 1758, died 1814
Interior of the Building
including a potbelly stove (one of 4 used for heating)
A portrait of Moses Bentzel, the designer of the building
The organ (still in working condition)
One Sunday each fall, the building is opened and there is a special service held. (last pic)
Above photo taken October 2007