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Hostettlder Amish House and Barn

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c. 1900. 423 Quilt Shop Ln. (PA 208), 1 mile east of New Wilmington

This simple, gable-roofed two-story farmhouse with a two-story wing to the east and a porch sheltering the entrance could be a farm anywhere in western Pennsylvania but for the fact that there are no electrical wires leading to it. Old Order Amish farmhouses are simple inside and out: no decorative moldings or carpeting, and plain cotton curtains on string nailed to the window frame. The house, with a narrow central brick chimney, is heated by a stove. All of the buildings are handcrafted. Because traditional styling is consistently used and the buildings are well maintained, it is difficult to properly date them visually. To see a series of Amish farms, turn west from PA 18 onto Heather Heights Road, but be careful not to photograph any Amish people; it offends their religious beliefs.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Hostettlder Amish House and Barn", [Volant, 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, 555-555.

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