I have some Andrew Wyeth prints in my home and came across a book in the library about the Herr House.
This Mennonite home was built in 1719 by Christian Herr, a distant relative of Andrew Wyeth the painter, who visited the home on several occasions to make sketches and watercolors.
The Mennonites came from the initial Anabaptist movement in Europe, and ” Historians generally agree that the original Mennonite settlers of Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania were ethinically Swiss. Documents from William Penn’s government specifically refer to the Mennonites as “Swissers”.
Christian Herr’s family and community settled in what was then called the Conestogo area, named after the Conestogo Indians. Temporary shelters of tents and crude cabins were built at first, then log homes “reflecting Germanic styles from the immigrant’s past.”
Christian Herr built such a cabin and then later on, built his stone house.
“The Mennonites and Conestogos not only tolerated each other but cooperated. When the winters became cold, the Indians would take shelter and sleep side by side “of a genial fire”. The Indians might supply the settlers with fish or venison which they’d trade for bread.”
The book that I quoted from is “A Modest Mennonite Home” by Steve Friesen, with an introduction by Andrew Wyeth, and photographs by John Herr, who played in the Herr House ( then deserted ) during visits to his grandfather, Elvin Herr. The Herr House was eventually restored and the author, Steve Friesen, was the director of the Hans Herr House at the time of this book’s publication. It is a small book but holds a wealth of history on the Anabaptists, the Mennonites, William Penn and Pennsylvania, if you are interested in that history and can find the book in your local library or online.
Other than that, I thought that you might enjoy some of the photos of the house. I took these out on my front porch and have had to sharpen / enhance a few so that you could read the captions a bit better but I’ve not altered them very much :)
As a quilter, I enjoyed finding this online to complete this post :