The Friends of the Kutztown Community Library invite you to enjoy their 2015 Holiday House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The self-guided tour themed “Plain & Fancy” features nine sites. Be inspired by the quietness of a Mennonite’s home, the charm of a 1850s stone farmhouse and outbuildings, the holiday ambiance of two spacious seasonally decorated homes, and a modern off-the-grid solar home. View exceptional art in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, marvel at the high-tech robotic milking facility at Corner View Farm, enjoy the architecture at Folino Estate and Winery, and indulge in refreshments at Jackie and Daughter Flower Shop. Tickets are for sale in advance at the library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown, or at Jackie and Daughter, 271 W. Main St., Kutztown, the day of the tour. Call 610-683-5820
We’re looking forward to seeing you at Jackie and Daughter Flower Shop. Stop in between 12:30 and 4:30 for refreshments prepared and served by the Friends of the Library. The shop is dressed for the holidays with beautiful fresh flowers and many wonderful and unique gift selections!
Built in 1997, the 4,000 square-foot home of Dave Urban on Jennifer Drive sits on more than six acres of land. Step inside and immediately feel a warm holiday welcome. Look for the “O” gauge train display as well as multiple collections of Byers, Lladro, and Hummel. As you leave the multi-tiered deck that includes a fire pit, don’t forget to include a walk past the horse arena to the barn.
Though St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Kutztown Road celebrated its first mass on Christmas Day in 1928, the new church was dedicated in 1994 with numerous improvements added later including the Parish Center, picnic pavilion and the Religious Education Center. The beautiful architecture and stained glass windows of the church are enhanced by a plethora of artwork—the wooden altar and pulpit (ambo), handcrafted brass candlesticks and cross, oil paintings, carved crucifix and Stations of the Cross.
Built in 1997 the more than 3,200-square-foot Grim home on more than two acres along Rhoades Road is sure to get you in the holiday spirit with a crackling fire in the large living room that features a double-sided fireplace shared with the sunroom. Folk Art is displayed throughout the home year round, and for the holidays a collection of Santas and snowmen are on display. Pause in the sunroom to take in the expansive view that features backyard gardens and gazebo.
Newly opened in fall 2015, Folino Estate is a family-owned vineyard, winery, restaurant, and wedding venue. Inspired by their grandfather who made wine in Italy, the Folino family decided to use their 54 acres of land on Old Route 22 to start a vineyard and build a beautiful Tuscan-looking winery. As soon as you enter the front doors, you feel as if you are in an Italian piazza with café tables and a beautiful fountain.
In the 1950s Ezra Burkholder was one of the first Mennonite farmers to purchase land in this area. His farm is currently owned by the Weavers. The east wing of the farmhouse built around 1835 boasts beautiful porches on the first and second floors; the west wing, built of large quarry-cut stone, was added shortly after the Civil War. An old two-story stone washhouse with a walk-in fireplace was likely the first living quarters.
Family owned and operated since 1915, Corner View Farm is currently run by the Biehls on Baldy Road. In 2011 construction began on a new robotic milking facility and free stall barn where the total mixing ration (TMR) is fed. The Biehls own over 200 acres for raising heifers and crops. Cows have access to the Insentec “snack station,” where a scanner reads the ear tag and delivers supplement based on the cow’s production level.
Constructed in 1851 the Henninger stone farmhouse, on Clay Valley Road in Fleetwood, includes an addition built in 1891. The pointed stone exterior and deep windowsills maintain the historic charm. Random-width hardwood, made from reclaimed barn boards, lines the floors. Featured are exposed stone walls and wooden ceilings. The home is flanked by a large bank barn with silo built in 1871 as well as a hand-dug well and other original outbuildings featuring stone walls and post-beam construction.
Enjoy the opportunity to tour the unique off-the-grid, timber frame home of the Loders on Greene Hill Court. The owners helped in the construction and designed the attractive, personalized space ensuring everything is multi-functional. Unique décor fills this distinctive home completed in 2010 including glass ornaments from the 1940s, a masonry heater faced in local stone and Mercer tile with a built-in oven, original paintings, hand-woven Navajo rugs, a grandfather’s bed, and outdoor solar and hot water panels.