Tag Archive for Pennsylvania

Hand Pumps – Deep Well or Shallow Well

Hand Pump

Pictured above is a hand pump that is located in a schoolyard near New Wilmington,Pennsylvania. It’s attached to a well and is used to pump water. This particular hand pump is a deep well pump. Technically, a deep well is considered to be a well that is deeper than about 100′. A shallow well is…

Dark Sky Country Pennsylvania

Dark Sky Country Pennsylvania

I’ve spent the last 10 days or so actively searching the northern plateau of the Allegheny mountains looking for a suitable new home. So far no luck. Frankly I’m discouraged. The last 3 places I looked at were little more than very expensive hunting and fishing camps. In my search for a new homestead location…

Amish Blue Doors

Amish School House

I live 12 miles east of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. New Wilmington is home to about 2,000 Old Order Amish. One of the things a stranger first notices when visiting New Wilmington are the light blue doors on most Amish houses. There are all kinds of explanations for the blue doors.The one I hear most often…

Pennsylvania Groundhog’s Day

Dead Groundhog

About 7 years ago a female groundhog moved into the area between my house and my mother-in-law’s house. She had babies. And after that the groundhog population around my hay fields, farmyard, outbuildings, gardens and orchard began to spiral out of control. By the summer of 2011 the damage to my 110 year-old concord grape…

A Few Pennsylvania German Superstitions

Hex Sign

Depending upon how you count them, my husband and I are the 4th or 5th continuous generation of his family to live in our house. His family is an old Pennsylvania German family (sometimes referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch) and is one of the original families to settle the western Pennsylvania frontier. My husband’s early…