Homestead Tour

Homestead Tour

 

 

 

 

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Once located at the foot of Crowley’s Ridge in Whitehall, the Loom House was originally used as a corn crib and is believed to have been built sometime around 1880.  The notches on this building are the type known as chamfer and notch, and are most likely German in origin. 

The logs used to construct the original broom shop were saved from the home of Phil Parker's Great- Great-Grandfather, Moses Pitts. Pitts was the last surviving Confederate soldier in Cross County and built this home when he returned from the Civil War in the 1860's.

Although the house was torn down in the 1930's, one wall of logs were salvaged and stored in a barn until the Parkers used them to construct the open faced Broom House. Here you'll see brooms made by the Parkers on an antique broom-making machine patented in 1878.

 

The Old Broom Shop was retired from broom making when the  new broom shop was built, and local lore has it that a certain hen named Miss McGee had something to do with the move. Ask the broom maker about her sometime and he will tell you all about it!

 

Homestead brooms are wildly popular, and only a limited amount are made each year. For more information about Homestead Brooms, click here.

The Homestead General Store was once a three room dwelling. Donated by the Jernigan family, it was reconstructed pretty close to the original layout, except the Parkers added a couple special touches– like vaulting the ceiling and enclosing the middle room which was originally an open dogtrot. The store contains many items made at the Homestead for sale, including lye soap, sorghum, brooms, and corn meal– all made at the Homestead. Many of these items are available for sale online– check out the products page for current offerings.

The Loom House

The Old Broom Shop

The General Store

Back in the early days of Homestead, the first cabin you would have come to as you strolled through the gate would have been Clark's Cabin, an unassuming dogtrot building built during the Great Depression by Jesse Brunson.

 

Homestead lore recalls that back in the olden days when Phil Parker was but a child, he used to play in an abandoned Clark’s Cabin with his brother Stan. It is the first cabin to be “brought home and set up” and was sentimental to Phil.

 

Unfortunately, Clark's Cabin was severely damaged during a 2003 tornado. It was an awful storm in which the Homestead lost several dozen large trees but thankfully the only cabin loss was Clark.  The kitchen was salvaged.

 

Since that time the attached kitchen was damaged by another storm and these buildings are no longer standing.

 

The kitchen was a dandy and featured a Home Comfort cook stove, one of only six that were brought into Harrisburg by train and purchased by the Fair family. Right up until the building was destroyed,

the old stove was used to fry turkey for the Homestead Christmas party!

Clark’s Cabin