August 5, 2016

Preservation Personals: Escape the Mad Pace of Modernity in Rural Pennsylvania

  • By: Filip Mazurczak
Theodor Kimple Farm - Exterior

photo by: Historic Homes Marketing Group

1289 Church Rd. Orrtanna, PA 17353

Nowadays, for many of us, it may be hard to recall what genuine silence sounds like. And between email, text, TV series bingeing, and the Pokemon Go craze, a deeper connection to nature is all the more difficult to find.

Because time is a river, to use Heraclitus of Ephesus’ memorable metaphor, it can’t be turned back. It just keeps flowing. However, if you want to take a break from your smartphone and travel back to a simpler age, I might just be the perfect solution for you.

I'm a five-bedroom farmhouse built in 1884 by the Kimple family, who lived and farmed here in rural Pennsylvania for generations. In fact, you can brag to guests about my long history by showing them an inscription on the living room wall that bears my construction date—this section was never painted over. And if they don't believe you, there's also a picture of the Kimple clan taken in 1890 in the meadow nearby. I have changed very little over the past 132 years, and during renovations careful attention was paid to preserving my original character.

Outside my walls, the scenic Conewago Creek snakes across my property, and the master suite overlooks beautiful gardens. As an additional bonus, one of the most important sacred sites in American history, Gettysburg, is just minutes away.

If the idea of unplugging and transitioning back to a simpler time attracts you, click here to learn more about me and here to take a video tour.

Theodor Kimple Farm - Barn

photo by: Historic Homes Marketing Group

My barn has remained virtually untouched since 1884.

Conewago Creek

photo by: Robert & Pat Rogers/Flickr/CC BY-2.0

Beautiful Conewago Creek flows right through my property.


Filip Mazurczak is an editorial intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He previously worked as a freelance journalist, translator, and editor. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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