This land, where turkeys, deer, and bears roam, is rich in history.
Just down from the barn, a lane juts off to the right to run parallel to the Little Schuylkill River. This lane once was part of a stagecoach route that connected (via a covered bridge) to what is now Route 61. According to folklore, Jason’s farm functioned as a stop on the stagecoach route.
The fields around the barn testify to a time even longer ago than stagecoaches. A distant relative of Jason’s, “Fritz” Baver, used to farm the fields near the barn. After plowing, he would walk across the freshly-overturned earth and find many Native American tomahawks and arrowheads.
Jason and his parents never lived on the farm. His father worked for the railroad and farmed the fields around the barn as a hobby. “My dad grew up on a farm in this area, he and his brother working the land with a team of horses. That’s how he got his love of farming. I guess it gets into your blood,” says Jason.
“My dad wasn’t into sports. Nor am I. But we all have ways we bond with our parents. Working around the farm was one of them,” Jason mused.
He smiled as he remembered. “Working at the farm was a love-hate thing for me. When you’re little, you don’t really want to do work, like husking the corn by hand on the ends of the fields. I hated doing it, but now I love that type of work.”
So when the farm became his, Jason knew he wanted to keep the barn. He searched online and discovered Stable Hollow Construction. Their photos impressed him. They were clearly capable of a broad range of work, including masonry. He liked that they were local, and his gut instinct told him that they would do good work because of their background.