Welcome to Glendel Farm in Douglassville, a homestead built in 1757 by a Welsh Quaker farmer named Morris Ellis. The present owners bought it 17 years ago and say, “We were looking for a large farm with a historic home that hadn’t been restored. We wanted to preserve as much of the original house as possible, yet be able to be comfortable in it.”
Berks County was founded in 1752, shortly before Ellis built this farmhouse on 73 acres for his family.
The listing tells the story of the property: “Fieldstone and cut limestone were used in the building of the foundation and walls. Rough-hewn timbers of walnut, yellow pine and oak provided strong flooring and beamed ceilings.”
“Hand-milled oak and walnut were used in the woodwork around the thick doorways, deep windowsills and the molding around the walk-in fireplaces of the Colonial home.”
“Ellis sold the property in 1769 to Anthony Lee, another prominent Welsh Quaker. Two more additions would be made to the farmhouse by the end of the 18th century. Another addition was added by the present owners in 1995.”
“An enclosed ‘winder’ staircase leads up to the two original bedrooms with deep-silled windows that open to a sweeping landscape of seemingly endless pastures and trees:”
The agent says: “In 1995 the present owners began the process of historic home restoration, stripping down the walls and ceiling and tearing up linoleum and carpeted flooring to see what they could uncover. Fortunately, much of the original wood and stone was underneath.”
“After two years of intense restoration work by James Cherry and Perry Bales, Chester County contractors specializing in historic home restoration, the original hall-parlor of the Ellis-Lee farmhouse looks much as it did more than 260 years ago. Its walk-in fireplace, thick stone walls and wide-plank walnut flooring leave a lasting impression.”
Doesn’t look like the perfect house to celebrate Thanksgiving in? Wish I could borrow this dining room for the week…
The owners added a newer section to the house that includes the kitchen, family room, upstairs master bedroom and office area.
“A nearby limestone and clay-tile roof springhouse and a red cedar-shingle smokehouse are separated by a small pond fed by a stream that runs through the property.”
“A short walk from the Ellis-Lee farmhouse sits a large, restored 1785 fieldstone and oak barn. The barn houses the owners’ horse, five miniature Sicilian donkeys and an assortment of cats. They also added a two-bedroom apartment with modern amenities to the barn. A red cedar-shingle, four-bay garage with a second-level guest apartment is close by.”
Glendel Farm is on the market for $1.995 million. Check the listing at Jeffrey C. Hogue of Weichert Realty for more photos and information.
I’m taking a break to spend time with my family for a few days (and eat more pumpkin pie than I probably should), but I’ll be back next week. As I’m counting my blessings, my readers are always among them. Thanks for being a part of this community of house lovers. I truly appreciate you and am glad you’re here. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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