Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Makeover of a Historic Lancaster PA Log Home

Makeover of a Historic Lancaster PA Log Home

Makeover of a Historic Lancaster PA Log Home

I have always been enthusiastic about historic architectural styles and American history.  In my career, I have personally restored 12 historic homes in Lancaster County, saving two from demolition.  So it was was with great excitement that I showed this eighteenth-century Lancaster log home to one of my best clients, whom I have helped to purchased four previous investment properties.

Log home

My client was as enthusiastic as I was, and together we put together an offer.  After some negotiation, we got the property under agreement.  It needs to be restored, as there are considerable problems with the roof, heating system, rain gutters, and two additions to the rear which had fallen into disrepair.  The previous owners had done some work on it, but work stopped when they moved out of state.

                                                                             Log house 2

I decided to do some research on the history of this obviously historic property.  The house is located on what was originally called Middle Street.  Patrick Agnew, who purchased the land in 1760, sold the property to Christian Burg in 1763.  The house is known as the Agnew-Burg house, and was apparently built somewhere between 1760 and 1763.  In 1798 the tax authorities noted the home as a one-story house, in the estate of Christian Burg, "in middling condition".

Log house 3

Originally it apparently had a central fireplace and chimney.  As of 1973, nothing had survived from the original interior except the foundation from the central chimney .  The ladder in the middle of the room replaced original stairs to the loft.  As work progresses on this historic home, I hope to be able to keep a photographic record, and to keep Active Rain and updated on the restoration!

                                         Log home 4


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Comment balloon 2 commentsBrian Schulman • May 07 2007 05:22PM


What a great looking building/house. 1760-1763! Wow! I look forward to your future posts on the restoration of this home.

I too love historic homes. My fruit word is "Passion". How appropriate. :)

Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale ( over 12 years ago
Debi, good to hear from from another "passionate" person about this project!  I'm excited to anticipate this home coming back to life, and finding new people to live in it and appreciate it.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 12 years ago