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William Steel Farm

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1866, with additions. 295 Hannastown Rd., Fire Station Rd. at PA 1055, 4 miles north of Greensburg

The William Steel farm is Westmoreland County's most intact nineteenth-century farm complex. The elaborate farm buildings were financed largely through Steel's lucrative contract to provide wheat and beef to the Union army during the Civil War. The south-facing complex has a brick, two-story Italianate farmhouse with a cupola, brick and frame agricultural and domestic support buildings, rockfaced stone retaining walls, and farm lanes. In 1890, Steel built a separate overseer's house and kitchen building west of the main complex. Profits from the sale of the farm's mineral rights and railroad right-of-way in 1912 insured its survival. The complex was sold out of the family in 1992. In the early twenty-first century, the village of Totteridge Estates and golf course abutted the farm to the north. The Jamison Coal Company developed the nearby mining towns.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "William Steel Farm", [Greensburg, 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, 218-218.

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