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The mission of the Peter Wentz Farmstead is to preserve the landscape, artifacts and architecture of this Pennsylvania German farm in order to educate and inspire the public through tours, exhibits and programs.
Peter and Rosanna Wentz began farming here in 1744. By 1758, they had completed the large, Georgian-style stone house that reflects both their German heritage and their wealth as a successful farming family. They sold the property in 1784 to Devault Bieber, a distant relative through marriage. In 1794 Bieber sold it to Reverend Melchior Schultz, a minister of the Schwenkfelder faith, and his wife Salome.
Descendants of the Schultz family continued to farm the land and reside in the house until 1969 when the County of Montgomery purchased the property. The County restored the house to its late 18th-century appearance reflecting the Farmstead’s history as temporary headquarters of General George Washington during October 1777. The house, reconstructed outbuildings, garden, and livestock represent early Pennsylvania German culture and practices of this region.
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