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Henry Fisher House and Farm

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1801. 550 Old Swede Rd. (PA 662), 3.9 miles south of Yellow House
  • Henry Fisher House and Farm (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Henry Fisher House and Farm (Richard W. Longstreth)

Germans adapted English style, as this early-nineteenth-century central-hall-plan Georgian house proves, but the precision of the stonework and carved frontispiece of the front door and the great barn to the rear attest to the continuity of the German craft tradition. Nearby is the brick meetinghouse of the Mennonite congregation (1950) that continues the German adaptation of the plain style of the Society of Friends into the modern era. At Yellow House is the early-nineteenth-century Yellow House Inn (6743 Boyertown Pike), now a restaurant. South of Yellow House at 1312 Old Swede Road, Amityville, is the brilliant yellow brick St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Its flamboyant Gothic spire and brick paneling suggest the survival of German design into the twentieth century. Its datestone records the present (1923) and previous churches (1753, 1796, and 1872). Adjacent is a tiny brick Sunday school and chapel with a datestone of 1889 that lists the original building committee.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas

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