Project Stories

Build the Future, Preserve the Past. That is the passion of the Stable Hollow Construction team. If you share our passion, please enjoy the following stories of how people like you have re-birthed their historic structures to new life.

barn restoration

A barn is built

The Kennedy farm began in 1748 when John McDowell brought his family from Ireland and settled in the area. His daughter, Jane McDowell, married Lieutenant Elijah Shoemaker, who later died in the Wyoming Massacre of 1778 along with 300 other settlers. Shortly thereafter, a man, John Shaw, came by the farm to gather supplies for the survivors.

Historic Wedding Barn Restoration

The rich history of Historic Ashland spans back to the 17th century. Originally deeded to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, Ashland eventually fell into the hands of a man named John Herr. Around 1806, he built the barn of our story, with beams brought up from a nearby sawmill. To ensure easy access to both levels, it was built into the side of a hill. Around the same time, a spring house, chicken barn, and tobacco barn were also built on the property.

Painting of barn
While it’s called Colonial Village, it wasn’t built in Colonial times. In the late 1920s, a developer formed a community in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside just outside Philadelphia, constructing the buildings in colonial style.