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Joseph Conrad Farm, State Route 183 & Bright School Road (Penn Township), Mount Pleasant, Berks County, PA

Joseph Conrad Farm, State Route 183 & Bright School Road (Penn Township), Mount Pleasant, Berks County, PA

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Significance: This is a unique example of the convergence of Pennsylvania German industry, commerce, and agriculture. Because the land on the farm is substandard for the area, there was a constant effort by the owners to break into commercial and industrial fields. On the site of this farmstead, for example, there has been (aside from a general farm and dairy farm) a gristmill, a powder mill, a clover mill, a steam-powered mill, an important canal warehouse, and a budding bungalow community. The surviving house, barn, and warehouse bear witness to the general prosperity of the owners: the house is a large, five-bay, late Georgian, stone structure and the barn is a traditional Pennsylvania German bank barn with a large addition. The canal warehouse is particularly significant because it s a rare survival of its type. The farmstead also has the typical array of Pennsylvania German outbuilding- buildings, all planned according to vernacular traditions.
Survey number: HABS PA-260
Building/structure dates: ca. 1815 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: ca. 1850 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: ca. 1930 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1977 Demolished



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Weber, Irwin Fred
Benson, Perry, project manager
Kheel, Thomas, historian
Campbell, Stuart, historian
Clarke, Robert E, delineator
Miller, Gregory Lee, delineator
Moje, Robert, delineator
Clancy, Daniel F, delineator
Shapiro, Steven M, delineator
Dornbusch, Susan M, delineator
Grashof, Bethanie C, delineator


Mount Pleasant (Berks County, Pa.)40.34516, -75.99277
Google Map of 40.3451566, -75.9927652


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