Frederick Wolf House (1753) - Abbottstown, PA
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N 39° 53.216 W 076° 59.017
18S E 330394 N 4417091
Quick Description: What better place for a historic building that has been renovated, preserved & awarded for its beauty than on the Lincoln Highway, called King Street around these parts. The house can be yours for $245,000 and is as pre-Victorian as a house can get.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/29/2011 6:14:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMCZCA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
Views: 5

Long Description:

All up and down the Lincoln Highway Corridor, from York to Gettysburg and everywhere in between, this non-profit organization has made ernest efforts to preserve local history and recognize those who do so. Pre-Victorian houses are usually the bill de faire of the preservation work. Such is the case with this house. This house was the recipient of the Historic Gettysburg-Adams County Inc., 2004 Historic Preservation Award. The house was built circa 1753. The museum quality restorations were performed by T.L. Sanders, Historic Building Preservation Specialist (717-259-7096).

The Frederick Wolf House was built in c.1753 and is the second-oldest house in Abbottstown. It predates the founding of Gettysburg (1780) by 30 years. The house was built by the Abbott family, who also built the Abbott House, the borough's oldest structure. The Wolf Family lived in the house from 1820's to the 1890's and built several additions to the original log cabin. This 10 year restoration represents an investment of over $40,000 and an estimated 5,600 hours of labor, according to the owner. SOURCE

From the real-estate site selling this home:

Historic Log Home on a large .28 acre lot. Spacious kitchen with huge vintage hearth and working "beehive oven", main level full bath with jacuzzi whirlpool & shower, dining room with wood burning stove, 3 bedrooms including a spacious master bedroom with a second story porch, large 2 story/2 car garage with half bath, beautiful patio and landscaped fenced yard.

The marker on the house reads:

Historic Gettysburg
Adams County
Honored 2004

The red plaque, attached to the front of the house also has some numbers on it as well. One of the numbers is 96, the other, LPL 86. I do not know what LPL 86 means. The 96 means this was the 96th property to receive the award since the organizations started to hand them out to people.

HGAC is a non-profit organization formed in 1975 to spearhead and coordinate efforts to preserve and restore the historic heritage of Adams County's townships and boroughs. An all-volunteer Board of Directors, elected by the membership, guides the organization. Under its Articles of Incorporation filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State, the Purposes of the organization are: "To foster and participate in the preservation, interpretation and welfare of the historic, architectural, scenic and culturally significant areas, districts, sites, structures, objects, and activities, and townscapes of the Borough of Gettysburg and Adams County, the Gettysburg National Cemetery and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to encourage their appreciation by the general public." SOURCE

29 E King St,
Abbottstown PA 17301

Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1753

Additional Dates of Construction:
Please see long description for narrative about the house's restoration

Architectural Period/Style: Log Cabin - Colonial

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
The original owner is one of the earliest residents of this town and the house is the second oldest in the town's limits.

Main Material of Construction: Log

Private/Public Access: Private

Related Website: [Web Link]


Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Listed Building Status (if applicable): Not listed

Admission Fee (if applicable): Not Listed

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