Among Schaefferstown's claims to fame is its early public water works, a gravity-fed system of a reservoir and wooden pipes that brought water from a nearby spring to the town center. The Fountain Company was founded by 1750 and was given with its spring to the community in 1763. Here are numerous important German buildings including the Gemberling-Rex house (1758; 106 N. Market Street), a half-timber framed house with hand-hewn clapboards just west of the town museum and recently restored to its original brilliant colors. East of Schaefferstown is Kleinfeltersville and almost immediately beyond is the Middle Creek Waterfowl Area, where thousands of snow geese lay over on their way north in March.
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