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Scheetz Farm, 7161 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, Montgomery County, PA



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Location
7161 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington vicinity, PA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS PA-6666
Building/structure dates: 1758 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1729 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1929 demolished
Building/structure dates: 1997 subsequent work
Significance: The Scheetz Farm is significant for its architecture and history, showing the evolution of a historic farm property in over two centuries of growth. The vernacular house on the property demonstrates an additive construction history with portions dating to the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The development of the property, especially the expansion of the house, reveals the agricultural and industrial prosperity of Montgomery Count in general and the Scheetz family in particular. The Scheetz family were prominent farmers, paper millers, public officials, and military veterans. The property achieved local prominence as the site of Scheetz paper mill, built in 1769 and destroyed in 1929. Other significant individuals associated with the property include Nicholas Scull Jr., Surveyor General of Pennsylvania from 1748 to 1761, who was born and raised on this land during the period of early settlement. Significant Revolutionary War events also took place on and adjacent to the property during the Whitemarsh Encampment of 1777.

Subjects
Farming
Farmhouses
Farms


Related Names
Scheetz Family
Scull, Nicholas Jr.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
LOOKING NORTH ALONG THE DRIVEWAY OF THE SCHEETZ PROPERTY SHOWING SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHEAST ELEVATIONS OF SCHEETZ HOUSE; BUTTONWOOD TREE TO LEFT STOOD AT ONE CORNER OF THE MILL (BURNED 1929).
LOOKING NORTHEAST ALONG STONE TERRACE WALL TOWARD SOUTHWEST ELEVATION OF HOUSE.


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