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Historical Photo Location Revealed: Lowland Farm

The photo depicts a farm house on Fetter's Mill Road that might just have a twin in Lancaster.

OK, this was a tricky one. The we posted last week was in a neighborhood that most people wouldn't have cause to visit.

The photo, taken in 1979 and provided by the East Whiteland Historical Commission, depicted the house at 10 Fetters Mill Road. The home was built in 1850 and is still standing today, as pictured above.

According to commission member Tim Caban, the house is commonly referred to as "Lowland Farm," but it is listed on the East Whiteland Historic Sites list as the Michael Lapp House. And the house might even have a twin in Lancaster, according to a phone call 

As recently as last month a man named Samuel Stoltzfus called to give me some more history on the house.  He is an amish descendant of Michael Lapp and lives in a house on Feree Farm in Lancaster.  He told me that there is a house that is virtually identical to the Michael Lapp house in Lancaster that was built at the same time by the same family around 1850.  

Stoltzfus made the call from a neighbor's phone, in case you were wondering.

We had several guesses; none nailed the anwer completely, although there was some great background about the area's history, e.g. the "Stinkin' Lincoln."

One commenter, , deserves partial credit for being in the right neighborhood:

It is the Almay's old home off Lapp Rd. across from insurance company. It is about a mile from red light at Lapp & 401 going north on Lapp Rd..

Caban said Light might have been referring to the Abraham Lapp House, built a century before the Michael Lapp House, which is located nearby.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Tom Fox August 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Would the Historical Commission be amenable to posting a web site with all the digital pictures they have gathered so far and the collection they inherited???
Paula K August 29, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Most of the ca. 1979 photos are from the State program that identified historic structures. The Historical commission volunteers listed the sites and photographed them all. There were state issued forms that went with each listing noting the archtiectural features, etc. I remember taking some of the photos--especially one cold winter day when my film broke off in the camera at photo 22 and we had to go back and retake them! The township has the paper files so it could be put online via the township if they have the manpower.
Tim Caban August 30, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Tom, Thank you for the suggestion and yes, we are amenable to posting pictures to a website. Our limitation is that we are all volunteers and I'm not aware of any on our commission with the expertise to create such a website. We would certainly welcome anyone who would be willing to fill that role on our commission. As Paula rightly points out, most of the 1979 photos are from the state program. They are individually buried in the files that still exist from when Paula and others were kind enough to take the pictures. For those pictures, I am taking them out one by one to put on the website and we have all the pictures that have appeared saved. Tim Caban East Whiteland Historical Commission
Tom Fox August 30, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Paula and Tim, Thank you for your great service to the citizens of the township and the historical commission. I am not in a position myself now to assist. I just thought the information had been already compiled because i know it would be facinating.
Bill Slichter June 28, 2013 at 06:17 PM
This was my grandfathers house. William E Almy, I remember it well. Thanks for posting!

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