Historic J. Hummer House c.1851 5870 Harmony Grove Rd, Dover, PA

J. Hummer House c.1851

J. Hummer House c.1851

 

This beautifully restored stone home is gently placed among rolling pastures and fields. Gorgeous landscaping highlights this private setting and the mature trees include an early 20th century “Copper Beach” with a massive trunk and impressive silhouette. This mid-century, Pennsylvania German vernacular farmhouse is notable for its red sandstone construction and extraordinary restoration. It presents a rare opportunity for the astute buyer who has dreamed of owning a stone house that retains is original wood moldings, fireplaces and wood floors, but also wants the comfort of a modern kitchen and bathrooms.

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The original hearth is an impressive centerpiece of the kitchen and the custom painted cabinets enhance the country kitchen appearance. Large 6/6 windows illuminate the spacious rooms and deep window sills reveal the extraordinary stonework by artisans who mastered their craft and who pride in their work. The roof is made of Peach Bottom Slate, considered by many experts as the best slate in the world. It was first quarried in this area in 1734. The current roof is said to date back to 1915, the May Family took a team of horses and a wagon to Peach Bottom, picked up a load of “Peach Bottom Slate, and returned to replace the old roof with slate.
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At the rear of the house across a secluded patio is the original “summer kitchen”. In the 19th century, this is where the cooking was done in the heat of the summer, so the house would remain cool. This building was renovated in the 1990’s into a guesthouse, with exposed beam vaulted ceiling, and exposed stone walls, a bedroom loft, full bath & kitchen. It is currently used as an office, but could serve as an in-law suite or perhaps owner’s quarters for a lovely Bed & Breakfast. There is a story that the Hummer family, during the Civil War, hid their livestock in the cellar of this building when General Jeb Stuart passed through the area raiding farms for provisions.

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“At the rear of the house across a secluded patio is the original “summer kitchen”. In the 19th century, this is where the cooking was done in the heat of the summer, so the house remained cool. This building was renovated in the 1990’s into a guesthouse, with exposed beam vaulted ceiling, exposed stone walls, a bedroom loft, full bath & kitchen. It is currently used as an office, but could serve as an in-law suite or perhaps owner’s quarters for a lovely Bed & Breakfast. There is a story that the Hummer family, during the Civil War, hid their livestock in the cellar of this building when General Jeb Stuart passed through the area raiding farms for provisions.”

437c606559f25ad11be9a8f5db3aa90a 5870harmony73 58703Beautiful property!  It’s still listed, current asking price is $389,900.  ~P.

Information and photos from these website.

http://www.oldhousedreams.com/2012/05/14/1851

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JnC2o1_XIE

 

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I so want this house. Beautiful.

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