We Decided to Buy A Small Farm and Move In During the Worst Winter on Record. Four Months Later We Named It Dancing Timber Homestead.
Dancing Timber Homestead was unexpected. Why, our friends and family asked, would we move out of a brand new house with all the luxuries, into a farmhouse? The German bank-style barn, built around 1780, is older than the stone farmhouse, which the PA Historical Commission claims was built in 1840. Pine, ash, oak, hemlock and spruce trees hold court here.
We are “growing dreams” I blurted out one day when someone asked again why we left the easy life to grow our food, expand a hobby business, have horses, restore the old barn and cozy up to one of the fireplaces. Then the water in the barn froze, the hot water pipe broke in the house and then the oil heater.
And the trees began to dance and welcomed our family to paradise.
Peaceful Wraps and Macrame Art
Peaceful Wraps are a hobby side venture that has a local, growing following. Started one Christmas as an idea for handmade gifts for friends and family, the healing wraps were an instant success and orders have been ongoing ever since.
Macrame styles have changed over the years. Still tied to bohemian art decor, today’s macrame pieces are playful, colorful and practical. The Studio gallery showcases Kim’s macrame works.
Germaniac, The Racehorse
“Manny” is an off-track racehorse, retired with a racing injury and living a life of leisure here. A stakes winner with lots of personality, his registered name is Germaniac. He has his own Facebook and local fans. He loves mud. Carrots. Bagels. Peppermint candy. Homemade bread. And refuses to leave his feed bucket hanging on the stall wall.
Stats: Germaniac is Kentucky bred, born in 2011, owned by Germania Farms, Inc. His sire is Henny Hughes, dam is Judy Soda. Inbreeding: Secretariat 5S x 5D. Frank Whiteley Jr. stakes winner, 2014.
Here is the story of how we bought a farm for Manny.
Restoring the 18th Century Barn
The barn is said to be built by a local pioneering family that came from Germany and settled in Upper Bucks County. Known as “The Michael Ahlum, (1760-1845) House“, son of John Jacob Ahlum, by the PA Historical Commission, it dates to around 1780, with parts that appear built in the 1800’s. The barn pre-dates the house, which was built in 1860 (PA Historical Commission lists it as 1840.) There was a log house here and a workshop listed on the land records. Today there is a shed/workshop but it is unknown if it is the original. We are slowly restoring the barn.