Vacation Photos

Pennsylvania -- September 2007
Shanksville and Schellsburg
Bedford and Fort Bedford
Morrison's Cove south
Fredericksburg and Martinsburg
Juniata College


As we set off for Marklesburg, our first goal was to find the building which in the late 1880s was the Brumbaugh Mercantile. We knew it faced Main Street but, after driving through the streets of Marklesburg, we realized that we needed more information to determine the location. Our hopes for an address rested with the tax and deed records at the Huntingdon Historical Society or Courthouse which we planned to visit the next day. We left Marklesburg heading north and, after a few detours, found the highway marker commemorating Pennsylvania Governor Martin G. Brumbaugh.

After our celebratory photographs, Mom and I spotted a man working on his house, so we walked over and struck up a conversation. Because he was mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow, we kept it brief. It turned out that he was married to a Brumbaugh! He told us to continue down Weller Road and we would find the house Jacob built (Timothy Meadows), Raystown Lake, and Valley View Cemetery.
   We learned from him that an older house, the original homestead built by Johannes Heinrich, was now under water due to the damming of the lake. He said he had a map from 1873 showing these properties and that we should be able to get a copy at the Huntingdon County Courthouse. We were glad we stopped to talk with him because there was no signage on the highway directing us to turn at Weller Road for the cemetery. Mom remarked on more than one occasion that we kept running into the most helpful people on this trip.
   A short drive later, we felt like we had hit the jackpot!

Timothy Meadows
The sign states: This stone house built by Jacob Brumbaugh in 1804 is a fine example of early American architecture combining home and "Brethren Meeting House." One interior wall on the first floor was hinged so that space could be made available for church services. Listed on National Register of Historic Places.

An excerpt from Kaylor's book titled, "Martin Grove Brumbaugh, A Pennsylanian's Odyssey from Sainted Schoolman to Bedeviled World War I Governor, 1862-1930":
   Beginning in 1804 the Brumbaugh's Timothy Meadows stone home served as the Dunker "house church." George had helped his father build it that year to replace the family's original dwelling. A stone structure was something of a rarity along the frontier of south-central Pennsylvania. The building stood--boarded up and in partial ruin after Raystown Lake went in--until December 1988, when a fire of mysterious origin gutted the interior. The only intact homestead of the half-dozen or so pioneer families that opened Woodcock Valley, it had been held by a Brumbaugh for 178 years.
   Here George preached in German and conducted the Love Feast: a common meal (called the Lord's Supper), followed by the foot-washing rite and the Communion of the bread and wine. In making ministerial visits, George always rode horseback on "Possum," wild as a colt for children and strangers but gentle as a kitten for its owner.

Valley View Cemetery
These stone pillars mark the entrance to Valley View Cemetery. We found the tombstones for Martin G. Brumbaugh and his second wife, Flora; his sister Amanda; and Martin's parents, George Boyer and Martha Peightal Brumbaugh.

photo courtesy of Ed
Next Stop:   Huntingdon

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