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history

A three hundred acre parcel of land was acquired by John Alexander on Dec. 19, 1786 by a deed from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A copy of this deed, signed by Benjamin Franklin on behalf of the Commonwealth, hangs in our lobby. Mr. Alexander later acquired a patent for this property. For a land grant to be patented, the sovereign over the land must document the land grant in writing, securely sign and seal the document (referred to as a patent), and openly publish the document to the public for all to see. The document for John Alexander’s land grant was made publicly available on Feb 8, 1788 by recording the document in Patent Book 12, p. 119. A copy of that document also hangs in our lobby. John Alexander named the 300 acre property Alexandria Plantation, and a marker by the farmhouse commemorates the original name for the property. We believe the farmhouse was not built on the site of the original homestead.

In 1807 Mr. Alexander conveyed the entire property to Thomas Jones who owned the property until 1855. In 1855 Mr. Jones sold the property to Henry and Michael Hoyman who split the property. Michael Hoyman built the farmhouse that you see on our property today. Based on the architecture, we believe the farmhouse was built around the time of the civil war – circa 1865. The farmhouse and adjacent property stayed in the Hoyman family until 1902. From 1902 to 1921, the property had several owners.

In 1921 Ora Stahl bought 100 acres of the property from Eli and Nancy Crabtree and lived there about
60 years with his wife, Pearl Logan Stahl.

Pearl Logan was the granddaughter of Captain William Logan of nearby Jones Mills. Captain Logan served in the civil war, had a distinguished military career, and a noteworthy civilian life. Through the generosity of RuthAnn Stahl Matthews, Ora Stahl’s granddaughter, we have the photograph shown above as well as some other photos of Ora Stahl hanging in our lobby. During the time Ora owned the property, the original barn burned down. We think this happened sometime around 1930. The barn that you see today was built on the site of the original barn sometime in the early 1930’s.

In the 1980’s, the 100 acre Stahl farm was broken into several parcels and Lesley and Gerard O’Leary bought six acres of the property (including the farmhouse and barn) in July of 1984. The O’leary’s restored the farmhouse and built the beautiful interior of the barn that you see today. In 2011 the O’leary’s sold the property to the current owners, Ed and Jacqueline Pencoske.