|The Hans Herr house built in 1719 is the oldest homestead in Lancaster County.|
|These 18th century buildings belong to artist Charles Demuth's family for five generation.|
As you move out from the center of Lancaster, two older neighborhoods are particularly charming.
Still within city limits is School Lane Hills, mostly built in the eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds. Former President James Buchanan's home, Wheatland, crowns this neighborhood.
|Wheatland was built in 1828.|
Leaving the city, after you pass the country club on New Holland Pike, you can see two particularly charming houses. They are especially endearing, because of the story behind them.
Formerly, a house separated these properties. However, a few years ago, when that home came up for sale, sisters purchased and tore down the intruder so their properties would adjoin. How heartwarming to hear of sisters who get along so well, they choose to live side-by-side! One sister lives in a classic, white, two-story colonial.
Part way up the street, before it forks left and right, stone "cottages" sit among the trees.
My favorite home is on the left fork, at the apex of the hill. I love the ivy covered stone, the pitch of the slate roof, and the round-top window to the left of the front door.
A stone carriage house on the left completes the picture.
Dubbed "the telescope house", this architectural gem must be viewed from two sides to be appreciated.
Actually, every home has a story behind the front door; some stories have happy endings, others tragic. What makes the difference? I believe happiness comes from the choices we make. What or who we decide to serve. Do we live for our property? Our fortune? Ourselves?
In a happy home, each person serves the other. Furthermore, because life involves sickness and sadness, the characters must choose to live with an underpinning of hope in God's grace and trust in His love.
For a truly happy, eternal ending to our life-story we must do as Joshua advised before his death: "Choose you this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15).