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Isaac Meier Homestead

On Saturday, my dad and I drove through Central Pennsylvania Amish country to go visit my grandparents and celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary of two close family friends. On the way home from a celebratory lunch, we stopped to check out this place.
Glad my dad was willing to stop and let me wonder around for a while. Thanks, dad! What did I find out about this eye-catcher? This is the Isaac Meier Homestead in Myerstown, PA.
Meier built this traditional house in 1770. Architecturally, this home is a fantastic example of local Lebanon Country history. The large limestone used to form the walls of this dwelling are from local quarries. The Meier homestead shows the way local materials were used for building in the 18th century in Pennsylvania.
In 1968, the Daughters of American Colonialists claimed this home as their own. They open the house of tours in the warm summer months. Inside I could see traditional colonial-styled furniture, a bare-bones kitchen, and a fancy sewing loom.
History in farm country! Beautiful home. Could you imagine living full-time in this kind of house?

This abandoned rail house was also down the street. It was completely boarded up but located in the town’s square. Wouldn’t you think that someone would show some interest in restoring a historic home downtown in a Pennsylvania Dutch community? Maybe someone will scoop it up soon and show it some lovin’.
Just wanted to share some architectural history from a place other than Maryland. I’ll be back with more soon!

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  • jeff g. on

    Nice Blog! Well done, Ami.

  • Jack G. on

    Fun blog, and very nicely designed

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