Forefather Farm: We Restored A Pennsylvania German Farmstead by Patricia V. WhitacreForefather Farm: We Restored A Pennsylvania German Farmstead by Patricia V. Whitacre

Forefather Farm: We Restored A Pennsylvania German Farmstead

byPatricia V. WhitacreEditorPatricia Whitacre

Paperback | March 17, 2016

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The picturesque Pennsylvania German barn architectural style has spread from early settlements in eastern Pennsylvania to settlements across the Midwest. In 1987, the late J. Jackson Walter, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, wrote: "The destruction of thousands of unique barns and farmhouses, as well as the historical landscape itself, continues today all across America. . The ordinary American farmhouse, preserved in its rural setting, has much to teach about an area's past and much to give to future generations." In 1982, the author and her husband bought an abandoned farmstead, complete with seven outbuildings, in Bucks County, PA. They spent the next thirty years researching, restoring, and preserving the farm in an ambitious do-it-yourself project that earned placement on the National Register of Historic Places. This book details their adventures, reflecting the sense of humor that has sustained them through the challenges as they maintained the exterior integrity of all the buildings, and adapted the interiors to 21st century living with minimal compromise to the original structures. Their project included preserving the surrounding fifteen acres of habitat, and working for the preservation of the natural and historic resources of the entire rural township.
Patricia Valentine and Robert Whitacre met when they were students at Duke University. Their shared interest in antiques and history led them to develop skills in restoring antique furniture and remodeling their first home in New Jersey, where Pat was a teaching naturalist at an environmental education center, was active in historic pr...
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Title:Forefather Farm: We Restored A Pennsylvania German FarmsteadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.31 inPublished:March 17, 2016Publisher:Arcadia Publishing Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634990064

ISBN - 13:9781634990066

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"Now, Whitacre has penned a new book about the decades-long restoration adventure.Full of humor, interesting anecdotes and local history, "Forefather Farm: We Restored a Pennsylvania German Farmstead" tells how the Whitacres maintained the exterior integrity of the farmstead, complete with seven outbuildings, while adapting the interiors to 21st-century living with minimal compromise. A heartfelt commitment to conservation and preservation permeates the pages, detailed too in how the Whitacres have preserved their 15-acre property and worked to help protect natural and historic resources in Tinicum - an Upper Bucks township still home to woods, farms and much land preserved against development. Asked why preservation and restoration efforts like hers are important, Whitacre pointed to a quote on the back cover of her book. It's from the late J. Jackson Walter, former president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "The destruction," Walter says, "of thousands of unique barns and farmhouses, as well as the historical landscape itself, continues today all across America. . The ordinary American farmhouse, preserved in its rural setting, has much to teach about an area's past and much to give to future generations." Bucks County Herald