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Dromgold in Perry County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dromgold Farm

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, November 10, 2017
1. Dromgold Farm Marker
Inscription. The tract of land containing the Dromgold Farm was initially settled by Benjamin Cunningham in 1828. It remained in the Cunningham/Dromgold family until 2009, when it was bequeathed by Benjamin's great-great-granddaughter Gladys Dromgold Shaffer to the historical society.

This 113-acre property was the site of numerous industries and activities, including a tannery (1874-1894), a blacksmith shop (circa 1885-1948), a general mercantile store (1874-1976), a post office (1897-1905) and the Natural Beauty Park along the river (1928-1941). The meadows along Sherman's Creek at Dromgold served as a stopping point on a section of the Allegheny Trail, known as the "New Path," one of the original Native American trails west to Pittsburgh and beyond. Once established, the farmstead served as a stagecoach stop on the road between Landisburg, the first county seat, and Carlisle

The present property contains two houses, a hunting cabin, a barn, a chicken house, a spring house, a wagon shed and a garage. Several other buildings were removed prior to the Society's ownership. The Historical Society has restored the old Dromgold store to the 1880s time period and intends to repair the barn and other outbuildings. Hiking trails, restoration of the Natural Beauty Park and other activities are also planned.
 
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Dromgold Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 10, 2017
2. Dromgold Farm Marker
Top Left Photo
Dromgold Farm and Tannery, ca. 1890
DCNR, Historical Society of Perry County.
 
Location. 40° 20.79′ N, 77° 11.539′ W. Marker is in Dromgold, Pennsylvania, in Perry County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Landisburg Road (Pennsylvania Route 850) and Spring Road (Pennsylvania Route 34). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shermans Dale PA 17090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Bigler (a few steps from this marker); John Bannister Gibson (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named John Bannister Gibson (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Route of United States Army Despatch Riders / Confederate Soldiers Farthest Advance (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Farthest North (approx. 5 miles away); Perry County Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); New Bloomfield World War I Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Perry County (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Perry County Heritage Trail. (Submitted on November 10, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Dromgold Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 10, 2017
3. Dromgold Farm Marker
Bottom Right Photo
Another house called Lone Pine is on the mountain behind the farm.
Dromgold Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 10, 2017
4. Dromgold Farm Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 10, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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