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Exceptional 102 Acre Historic Farm

Womelsdorf, Berks County – Highly Productive Flat Fertile Fields
Almost Entirely Irrigated – Magnificent 4600 sqft Circa 1850 Manor House – Restored 50x100 Bank Barn – Beautiful Large Landscaped Pond

This magnificent circa 1850 registered historic three story brick manor house is located on 102 prime acres along Rt. 419 near Womelsdorf, Berks County. The farm is almost all tillable with rich limestone irrigated flat fields. The farm currently produces nursery stock which includes specimen shade and flowering trees and shrubs, grown to architectural standards. The 4600 sq.ft. brick home with 14 rooms has been restored and includes 7 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 5 fireplaces and ultra-modern kitchen. There is a 14 x 30 ballroom on the first floor with two fireplaces, window paneling and original ceiling medallions. Enjoy the countryside while soaking in the large, jetted tub in the Master bath and bedroom suite. Two of the other four baths have claw foot tubs which add to the ambience of the house. The home has central air, new wiring, new plumbing, new heating system, and is completely restored inside and outside. The magnificent 50 x 100 bank barn has also been completely renovated. The barn features a heated office, shop area, and employee lounge. The large pond features an aerator and is beautifully landscaped.

Price: $1,695,000


Manor House


Manor House & Addition


Front View of Manor House


Manor House & Summer Kitchen


Landscaping at Rear Deck


View of House from Pond


Manor House Portico

Property Description
This three story, five-bay, 14 room brick home was built by Michael Seibert, in 1850. Michael Seibert was the son of Revolutionary War Sergeant John Wendell Seibert. The red brick residence is sometimes referred to as “The William Penn House” because it was built on property that was part of the Penn Land Grant. By 1876, the estate had been acquired by Augustus F. Boas, a Reading attorney and leading banker, who maintained both a city residence and country estate.

The home is built in Greek Revival style. The half-sized windows on the third level are a common feature of the Greek Revival era as well as the original moldings and the pediments over doors and windows in the interior of the home. Step back in time through the original front door into the large center hall. The majestic wooden staircase has an original handrail and winds its way up three floors with a landing on each level.

The downstairs parlor featuring two working fireplaces, rococo original plaster ceiling medallions, original wood floors, was once two separate rooms. A wall was removed from the parlor, possibly to create a ballroom, and at that time the moldings and bull’s eye corner blocks were replaced in this room. The downstairs of this magnificent home features beautiful large windows which allow sunlight to fill both the ballroom and the large living room across the center hall with another working fireplace. The house was lovingly restored by the present owners. It now boasts central air, an intercom system, new electrical and heating systems and a fresh brick façade thanks to repointing work and more than 1000 replaced bricks. The ultra- modern kitchen has an exposed brick wall, island and baking area. It is a perfect showroom for country tins and baskets. The second floor features four bedrooms, two of which have fireplaces, large sitting room and two full baths. One of the baths has an original brick wall, and the other has a claw foot tub and rain shower head. The unique third floor is a haven for the owners with a master bedroom suite complete with walk-in closet, master bath with Jacuzzi and shower. There are two additional bedrooms and another bath with a claw foot tub. There is an exceptional free standing, all brick summer kitchen which has a large fireplace and an original outhouse. This outstanding farm is a Berks County Historical Site and has been featured in many historic home tours of Berks County.

The enormous late 19th century barn was likely constructed around 1875, during the tenure of Attorney Boas. The impressive barn structure is ornamental in the style of Gothic Revival. The 50 x 100 barn has been restored with a 5,000 sq. ft. lower level. The beams and ceiling have been sandblasted to give a like new appearance. The lower level has a heated office and workshop area with the remainder used for equipment storage. The original milk house has been turned into an employee break room. The upper level of the barn is currently used for machine storage. The barn has full electric power and water. There is also a farm shop that is used for equipment repair. Both the house and barn are rarities among the traditional Germanic-influenced buildings of the region.

The half-acre architecturally landscaped pond was constructed in 1992 and 1993. It is 9-10 ft. deep in the center and boasts many types of fish and aquatic plants. The pond has an aeration system and is a beautiful focal point for the farmstead.

The land consists of 102 acres of which over 97 acres are considered tillable. Subject soils are mostly highly productive limestone based soils. The tillable soils are Clarksburg, Duffield, Duffield-Ryder, Penlaw, and Thorndale-Penlaw series with 0-25% slopes. The remaining acreage is in building site, landscaped lawn areas around the buildings and pond, and paved driveway areas. Almost all of the tillable ground is in ornamental or shade trees and shrubbery stock which is being grown to architectural standards. Productivity on the land is considered excellent and estimated at 0.88 as compared to the best county soils. The farm is eligible for preferential tax treatment under Act 319 (Clean and Green), but is not currently enrolled in this program. Also, the farm is not preserved and retains its full development potential. There is approximately 3200 ft of road frontage on Rt. 419 and Reichert Road. The zoning is A-R Agricultural Zoning District of Marion Township. The land is almost entirely irrigated and the irrigation system uses a 300 ft. deep well that supplies 200-400 gallons per minute which is pumped by a 10 horsepower pump. The entire farm is in turf grass to control erosion and is mowed between the specimen stock.


Center Hall


Center Hall & Staircase


Ballroom


Two Fireplaces in Ballroom


Ballroom


Living Room


Living Room


Living Room Fireplace


Ulta Modern Eat-in Kitchen


Kitchen Island & Eating Area


Ultra Modern Kitchen


Third Floor Railing & Landing


Original Staircase & Banister


Original Staircase & Banister


Original Corn Husk Ceiling Medallions


Second Floor Bathroom


Second Floor Bathroom


Claw Foot Tub in Bathroom


2nd Floor Bathroom


3rd Floor Bathroom


Bedroom with Fireplace


Bedroom with Fireplace


Bedroom


Sitting Area on Second Floor


Rear Bedroom


Third Floor Room


Third Floor Bedroom


Master Bedroom


Master Bedroom


Master Bath Shower and Soaking Tub


Master Bath Vanity


Pond View from Master Bath


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Field Views


Field Views


Field Views


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Field View


Harvesting Trees


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Fields and Nursery Stock


Harvesting Trees


Harvesting Trees


Winter Scene


Winter Scene at Trellis


Pond Landscaping


Field View


East View of Barn


Landscaped Area Near Pond


Berks County Historic Plaque


Side View of Home


Brick Summer Kitchen


Michael Seibert 1850 Date Stone

Farm Particulars of
1124 Route 419
Womelsdorf, PA

House Particulars

  • 3 Story 1st & 2nd floor with 10’ ceiling, 3rd floor 8’ ceiling
  • 4,600 sq.ft. house built in 1850 – Restored 1989-1993
  • Replaced all casements and windows in 3rd floor
  • Installed 4 bathrooms, 2nd floor den, 7 bedrooms, living/dining room & kitchen
  • New kitchen appliances and cabinets
  • Installed central air
  • Installed central vacuum
  • Replaced all electrical wiring
  • Replaced all plumbing with copper pipe
  • New 4 zone hot water heat
  • New oil burner, instant hot water
  • 50 Gallon water pressure tank
  • New storm windows
  • Replaced flues in 3 fireplaces
  • Driveway alarm system
  • House monitored alarm system (ADT)
  • Installed new standing seam metal roof (2008) on house
  • Ultra Violet water purifier
  • Replaced 1,000 bricks and repointed
  • Entire house waterproofed brick (2008)
  • Added Mahogany porch (2004) with standing seam metal roof
  • Satellite computer and TV
  • Security lighting

Barn Particulars

  • Barn built in 1880
  • 10,000 sq. ft. barn with full electric power
  • Replaced barn doors on North side and sand blasted beams
  • Painted barn and out buildings and all roofs- Spring 2008
  • Fire alarm in barn
  • Oil heated shop and barn office
  • Water supply to barn and 2 outside water connections

Nursery Particulars

  • Dug 3 wells:
    • Well 1: 125’ house at 35 GPM
    • Well 2: 500’ up lane at 40 GPM
    • Well 3: 300’ mid field 200-400 GPM
  • Entire farm irrigated with underground piping and many hose bib connections
  • 10 HP pump for pond and irrigation system
  • Excellent soils- Limestone, Duffield, Clarksburg
  • Entire farm in turf grass to control erosion
  • Growing specimen shade and flowering trees and shrubs
  • Rotating crops and adding organics and nitrogen to soil

Property Particulars

  • 102 Acres almost entirely tillable
  • 3,200 ft. blacktop road frontage on 2 roads
  • The farm is not currently enrolled in Act 319 (Clean & Green Farm Tax Abatement Program)
  • The farm development rights have not been sold
  • Installed large sand mound septic system
  • Paved all driveways and barn yard
  • Fenced Reichert Road
  • Built pond 1992-1993 approximately ½ acre, 9-10’ deep with aeration
  • Installed fire hydrant to Marion Twp Fire Department specification
  • Installed John Deere emergency diesel generator to supply entire farm with power
  • Generator has automatic 5 second starting when power fails
  • All utility wires underground
  • Registered historic site in Berks County


East End of Barn


Brick Summer Kitchen


Bank Side of Barn


Lower Barn


Lower Barn


Office Area in Barn


Landscaped Pond and Surroundings


Landscaped Pond and Surroundings


Landscaped Pond and Surroundings


South View of Barn


Landscaping at Pond


Landscaped Pond

Aerial showing farmstead, field layout, and boundaries

 

Call Gary L. Coles or Jonathan Coles at 570-386-5000 for color brochure with many more photos.


Gary Lloyd Coles, CRS, GRI.
Jonathan David Coles, BS, GRI, e-PRO
New Pennsylvania Realty, Inc.
103 Mush Dahl Road
NEW RINGGOLD, PA 17960
570-386-5000
gary@newpennrealty.com

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