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Mennonite Shantz-Wise Barn

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1835; 1948 addition. 339 Mercer Rd.

The Mennonite Shantz (Shontz) brothers built this unusually solid gable-roofed barn almost entirely of stone. The barn has double stone sheds on the banked side and its original interior joinery and truss work. Stone barns are rare, and a rapidly dwindling resource in western Pennsylvania, unlike eastern Pennsylvania, where they are prevalent. Though no longer an integral part of a working farm, the large frame additions indicate that it served a thriving dairy farm in the mid-twentieth century.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Mennonite Shantz-Wise Barn", [Harmony, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 185-185.

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