Near Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Seven generation of Gifford-Blanchfield family members resided in this historic homestead, built in 1839 by Gershom and Lucy Gifford. Though briefly owned by nonfamily members, the house returned to its original builders' family a century later when Covington and Dorothy Blanchfield, a fifth generation Gifford descendent, purchased it in 1941 nd raised their two sons, Gerald and Robert, there. Gerald and his wife, Bette, took over operation of the adjoining farm and roadside fruit stand in 1955. Their children, Vicki and Rick, grew up in the house. Gerald was a well-known Harborcreek farmer who also served as Township Supervisor/Road Master (1974-86). He and Bette later spent their winters in Florida, where Vicki had moved in 1973, until retiring in 2000. Gerald died in 2001. Rick lived in the house continuously until his sudden death in 2014, at the age of 56. He had often expressed his vision that the beloved family homestead would eventually become a permanent home for the Harborcreek Historical Society and a piece of living history for future generations. In 2015, Bette honored Rick's generous wishes and
When Washington Franklin and Eunice welcomed their son, Horace Franklin, on May 1, 1847, three generations shared the residence.
The farmhouse and farm were sold to Gerald and Bette on October 13, 1970.
When Gerald Rick Blanchfield died suddenly on April 29, 2014, his mother Bette faithfully followed his wishes, deeding the Gifford-Blanchfield House and 1.81 acres to Harborcreek Township on October 16, 2015, for use by the Harborcreek Historical Society.
Erected by Harborcreek Historical Society.
Location. 42° 9.557′ N, 79° 58.366′ W. Marker is near Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Municipal Drive south of Buffalo Road (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5661 Buffalo Road, Erie PA 16510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fighting for Peanuts: The Gauge War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Fireplace (about 300 feet away); Harborcreek Area Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Bryan Bell Memorial Playground (approx. 0.4 miles away); King Pavilion (approx. 0.4 miles away); We Owe So Much To So Few (approx. 2.2 miles away); John Nelson (approx. 2.3 miles away); Niagara Hall (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.