Lancaster County PA Realty Check: All Gone...

All Gone...

Last week in a blog, I lamented the end of an old farmhouse that was in the way of "progress".  It was in the process of being torn down.  Last evening as I passed the site, this is all that was left of a home that had been there for well over a century.

Another old farmhouse bites the dust

It's humbling to think that a structure that protected generations of families and withstood the storms and elements for a hundred and thirty years could disappear almost overnight as though it had never been there.

                 Another old farmhouse bites the dust

I'm glad that I was able to document this farmhouse before it was obliterated from history.  Lancaster County's rural farmland and architecture are disappearing only too fast.

Another old farmhouse bites the dust

 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsBrian Schulman • August 06 2007 04:41PM

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Yeah, I drove by there Friday and thought about your post - it was gone by then. 
Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 11 years ago

This is very sad, Brian. I share your sentiments as to how quickly something that has stood the test of time can disappear so quickly as though it had never even existed.

I'm thankful that you had the foresight to document this loss and  posted about it here ...if only there were more people like you who care about history and preservation, perhaps it would still be standing.

Thank you for posting your articles of a historical nature at the Heritage Properties group. I look forward to reading them all today....

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 11 years ago
Thanks, Jo.  I hope you enjoy my Heritage Properties posts.  I know you've already seen some of them.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago
I was thinking about this aspect the other day. There had been a farm on a local corner since I could remember. The land was recently sold and made used for a diner...There goes another piece of history for what has become progress.
Posted by Danielle V. Lewis, DDR Realty (DDR Realty) over 11 years ago

Danielle, after the unique farms are gone, they seem to be replaced with townhouses and retailers that look the same anywhere in the country.

I remember an old general store in Farnum, MA near a lake where I went to summer camp.  We used to hike out and buy candy there.  When I went looking for it about twelve years ago, there was nothing there - no sign that a building had ever existed. 

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago

Wow, that is so sad. 

Brian, something you mentioned above about retailers and townhomes looking the same anywhere in the country reminded me of something my 20 year old son told me this summer.  He goes to school in the Orlando area in the midst of sprawl and shopping centers and townhomes.  Since it's a year round program he only has limited time off to visit back in Lancaster.  He was here for a week in July, and said he never appreciated just how beautiful Lancaster is until he comes back to vist after being in Orlando for several months.  He said he always took it for granted, and just loved driving through the rolling hills and tubing at Sickman's Mill during his visit back home - something he never did when he lived here full time.  His friends, who stayed behind in Lancaster for work and school, all though he was nuts, but he kept telling them while they were floating down the river "Just look around you... Look at how beautiful it is here... You don't know how inspiring this is and you just can't see what a beautiful place you live in". 

I only hope that it stays as beautiful and inspiring for when he still comes back to visit as an adult.  I hope we all don't just take it for granted.

Posted by Jeannie Kontis over 11 years ago
Your son has a point, Jeannie - sometimes we don't appreciate what we have until we're separated from it.  I'm not sure Lancaster County's natural beauty would still come through if it becomes totally saturated with development.  I don't take Lancaster County's beauty and heritage for granted, and I know you don't either.  One of the reasons I appreciate this area is because I originally came from a region that IS totally developed over.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago

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