We began in 1997. A small group of concerned Nicholas descendants decided they did not want to see the house demolished.
Soon, the number of descendants & non-descendants of Nicholas began to grow and the house was restored in 2003. We began receiving requests for family reunions and other groups to use our property. We determined that we needed to add a caretaker’s suite, public restrooms and a climate-controlled area for Stoltzfus family artifacts. Fundraising efforts were begun to raise funds for the barn.
The barn exterior was constructed in 2011 and we are working to complete the inside.
We are seeking monetary, material or labor donations to complete the interior.
See the page “The Barn” for more information.
We are now a group who wish to use this property to tell the Stoltzfus story.
Much interior work remains to be done on the barn.
Select this link to view the remaining work.
Please donate or let us know how you can help.
The 2nd annual Bluegrass/Gospel Music and Arts Festival with plenty of jamming, food, vendors……bring your lawn chair and come listen to our music, eat our food.
Friday, Oct 10th – Berks County Heritage Tour
The Amish originally settled in Berks County, PA. Visit many of the houses lived in by our Amish
descendants and learn about various Amish gravesites where our immigrant ancestors are buried.
For information contact Paul Kurtz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-808-7785.
Professor Don Kraybill will be at a dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord to talk about his new book on the Amish beard cutting incident, Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers. An event he knows well, as he was an expert witness for the prosecution at the Samuel Mullet trial in Cleveland, OH. Tickets are limited. Call for reservations, 443-907-2636.
If you have never attended one of our auctions, please plan to attend next year's auction that is moving to the first Saturday in May, May 2, 2015. Please mark you calendar and plan to attend.
Download the Summer 2014 Newletter
We Are Grateful
In 2006 members of the Preservation Committee met with Michael Leader, President and CEO of Country Meadows. He assured the Committee he supports future development based on the Committees's goals. Preservation is assured through an agreement with Country Meadows.
The goals include completing a barn with an apartment for caretakers to replace the house trailer, public restrooms, a heritage room, and a utility room. Inquiries can be made by calling 717-808-7785.
Nicholas Stoltzfus House drawing by Roger Cooke
Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
Thanks to the Pequea Amish Bruderschaft, the Nicholas Stoltzfus
House Preservation Committee, Country Meadows Retirement Communities, the Tri-County Heritage Society,
the Amish Community, and all those who continue to support the restoration of the Nicholas Stoltzfus House.
And thanks to Janice Egeland who is responsible for the book 'Descendants of Christian Fisher and Other
Amish-Mennonite Pioneer Families'.