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"Barnsley Manor", as it is called today, has stood witness to over 250 years of history, including the birth of the America.  The building and its grounds have housed prominent, influential and perhaps controversial families and its story is entwined with their struggles and triumphs.  The land surrounding the home h...

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This property as all properties do in Pennsylvania, began with a land grant from William Penn. Oley Township was originally formed in 1740 as a part of Philadelphia County, before Berks County was formed in 1752. We found a newspaper article from the Reading times, March 20th 1876, detailing t...


For this research project, we worked with three brothers who wanted to present their parents with a unique anniversary gift.  The clients have lived in the home for decades, making improvements while keeping the home's history in mind.  The brothers had some information and few stories about the house, but they wante...

The owners of this large log and stone home in Chester County had already completed a deed search and had started gathering information about the former owners of the property.  They believed the earliest, log portion of the home had been built in the early 1700s, but the last deed in their document trail was a Pennsy...

The owners of the 1755 House have been diving deep to find even more history of their home. The local Schwenkfelder Heritage Center provided them with information about some of the former owners, in particular George Kriebel.

George and his family owned the property from 1765 to 1796. The family are all interred at th...

As you may know we researched Jeff Devlin's home. We were thrilled when he asked us to add our skills to a home on his show, Stone House Revival, on the DIY Network. We were also given the chance to be present on set when Jeff presented the history to the home owners. We had such a blast and are so greatly to Jeff and...

The homeowners discovered a unique item in one of their fields, a broken headstone. Only the name “Eliza” was clearly visible on the weathered stone. 

Tip courtesy of West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association: What Can I Do? http://www.wvcpaweb.org/ 

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An overlay of aluminum foil was used to safely enhance the...

The history of this home located in Berks County, Pennsylvania revolves around farm, family and children. The story begins in June of 1736 when Henry Spingler submitted an application for a land warrant in 1736 for 200 acres in Tulpehocken Township.

The application, which is dated June 3, 1736, notes that Henry has “be...

“The 1755 House”, as our clients call it, is a beautiful stone and log structure perched on 15 lush acres.  Its story, we found, was very complex, and there are still some mysteries in its lineage.  Our traditional paths of research left us with a gap in the history of ownership between 1796 and 1818, modern day refer...

We called this project the Oreland Mystery because the subject home is in the town of Oreland and because the owners were looking for answers to a long-held story of a death in the house.  This sounds macabre, we know, but we believe the story of a home is shaped by the lives of those who lived in it, and sometimes, t...

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