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West Lampeter Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Birthplace of the Pennsylvania Rifle

 
 
Birthplace of the Pennsylvania Rifle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Schreck, February 9, 2008
1. Birthplace of the Pennsylvania Rifle Marker
Plaque is on the building.
Inscription.  Martin Meylin, 1670–1749, gunsmith of Switzerland settled here in the Pequea Valley in 1710 and made in this gun shop the earliest known Pennsylvania or so called Kentucky Rifle.

He was the first of a group of Lancaster County rifle makers who prior to 1745 originated and gave to America that historic and colorful firearm.
 
Erected by the Willow Street Woman’s Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Places.
 
Location. 39° 59.705′ N, 76° 16.501′ W. Marker is in West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Eshelman Mill Road 0.1 miles north of Long Rifle Road, on the left when traveling north. In photo 2, marker is on the side of the building which faces the road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1522 Eshelman Mill Rd, Willow Street PA 17584, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Herr House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martin Meylin’s Gunshop (approx. 0.6 miles away); Millstones (approx. 1.3 miles away);
Martin Meylin's Gunshop and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Schreck, February 9, 2008
2. Martin Meylin's Gunshop and Marker
The marker is on the side of the building which faces the road.
Heine Weber Smokehouse (approx. 1.3 miles away); Blacksmith Shop (approx. 1.3 miles away); Kurtz's Mill Covered Bridge (approx. 1˝ miles away); First Settlement in Lancaster County (approx. 1.7 miles away); Conestoga Navigation Company (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Lampeter Township.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Story of the Pennsylvania Rifle. “Although known for years as the "Kentucky rifle", the celebrated long rifle of muzzle-loading days was developed on a Pequea Valley farm in the Mennonite region of southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It was a Swiss gunsmith, Martin Meylin, whose pioneer work during the early 1700s marked the appearance of a new type of firearm, the Pennsylvania rifle.” (Submitted on February 12, 2008.) 

2. Kentucky Long Rifle. “Circa 1725 the forerunners of the Kentucky [or Pennsylvania] long rifle were being designed and built by German craftsman in Pennsylvania. After the French and Indian War brought new lands to the attention of the frontiersmen, the uniquely American long-range rifles were carried into
Martin Meylin's Gunshop image. Click for full size.
By Dave Schreck, February 9, 2008
3. Martin Meylin's Gunshop
the frontier (at that time Kentucky) by the long hunters, trappers and explorers.” (Submitted on February 12, 2008.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2008, by Dave Schreck of Rawlinsville, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 4,522 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on November 19, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Dave Schreck of Rawlinsville, Pennsylvania. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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