Plymouth Meeting 19th Century Stone Farmhouse for sale

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The farmhouse is long gone from this historic classic, but the one across the street has been permanently preserved to give you a taste of the past on the outside as well.


The side fenders came later, and the front gantry is a very recent addition. Otherwise, this stone farmhouse at 2368 Hickory Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 looks much like it did when John Michael Berkheimer had it built to house three of his daughters in the early 19th century. | Photos: Shaun May Photography via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

You don’t mess with a classic if you can help it. And so it was that the owners of Berkheimer House, the simple early 19th century farmhouse in Plymouth Meeting you see above, haven’t messed around with this house at all – at least not inside.

They have however made some improvements to the exterior of this Plymouth Meeting stone farmhouse for sale which have made it a pleasant place to relax and enjoy its one acre grounds.

This land is a far cry from the approximately 20 acres that John Michael Berkheimer bought in 1804, when this part of Plymouth Township was known as “Hickorytown”, the site of one of the many iron forges built to take advantage of abundant limestone deposits in the region. .

The “town” was dropped from the name Hickorytown Road, but despite the presence of development magnets such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike and its nearby northeast extension, the area along Hickory Road appears to have withstood pressure from the development for a time: this 20-acre plot was not subdivided until the 1980s.

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Rear exterior

What remains of it is this acre and this house, which listing agent Scott Laughlin of BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors estimates was built around 1830. The story is that Berkheimer built it to house his three unmarried daughters, part of a brood of seven children (four daughters, three sons) born between 1804 and 1819. (County records place its date of construction as 1850, but by then these daughters would have all been in their thirties. )

As you can see from the pictures above, it wasn’t a big residence to begin with. Additions over the years, however, have made it a little less compact, and a few key updates have kept it in step with modern times.

One of the few major changes made by the owners of this house was to add a large portico to the front to protect its original Dutch door and the shutters that frame it.

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Living room, lunchroom

The room on the other side of this Dutch door, the original living room and now a dining room and living room, looks very much like it did when Berkheimer built it. The original wide-plank hardwood floors remain, as does a full-height cabinet next to its now purely decorative fireplace.

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Living room, lunchroom

The door that once led to back 20 and now connects to the galley has also been sealed off to provide shelving for the galley. The thick stone walls of the original house made this possible. You can restore it to its original function if you wish.

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Lair

An arch under the stairs leads to a bright and sunny den, which Laughlin says may have been the original dining room. If so, it served that function later in the life of this house, as this room and the master bedroom above are part of an addition that was added years later.

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Kitchen

Just like the rear wing which now houses the kitchen. It also wasn’t spoiled with much. It does, however, have new or recently installed stainless steel appliances and a smooth top cooktop. Since the living/dining room door now opens to reveal the pantry shelves, you’ll need to carry your dinner to the dining room through the den. But there is also space for a small dining table in the kitchen.

changing room

Changing room

Beyond the kitchen, a mudroom has the original back wall of the house for an accent and a skylight for natural light. What was once a window has become an integrated library.

home study/office

Home study/office

Across a small covered porch from the mudroom is this large office completely separate from the rest of the house. It is attached to the back of the one car garage which has been added to the other side of the house. Due to its privacy, it makes a great home office space.

master bedroom

master bedroom

The second floor originally had four bedrooms, but now has three, one of which has been converted into a utility room by the current owners. Even the addition’s master bedroom has wide plank floors in the style of the original house.

second floor bathroom

Second floor bathroom

The three bedrooms on the second floor share this bathroom.

third floor bedroom

Third floor bedroom

The third floor attic has been transformed into a fourth bedroom. Its two dormer windows offer sweeping views of the backyard in one direction and the farmhouse across the road. (Yes, there is still a farm here. More on that in a bit.)

third floor bathroom

Third floor bathroom

A second full bathroom is tucked away under the eaves at the far end of the floor. It has an original clawfoot tub.

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Rear terrace

The biggest modification the current owners have made to the house is at the back, beyond the covered back patio.

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Swimming pool

They added this fenced pool in 2000, surrounding it with landscaping that makes it feel secluded. The rest of the backyard is covered with shrubs, trees and other greenery.

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Aerial view of Maple Hill Farm; this house appears in the bottom right

And that, in turn, brings us back to what lies across the road. Thanks to a conservation easement, the 40-acre Maple Hill Farm across Hickory Road will remain an open space forever, giving you the opportunity to feel like you haven’t left the 19th century, despite the appearances to the contrary around you. You can pick your own zinnias as well as buy seasonal fruits and vegetables at this farm, which stretches almost to the Turnpike/Northeast Extension/Blue Route junction.

And since it’s right next to the Norristown Turnpike interchange at Plymouth Meeting, it also means you have Plymouth Meeting Mall for a neighbor not far away. Luckily, you also have even more greenery close at hand in the opposite direction, as this Plymouth Meeting stone farmhouse for sale is also close to Harriet Wetherill Park.

Early American charm in a modern American suburb – it’s not as much of an oxymoron as it first appears.

THE SMALL CHARACTERISTICS

BEDS: 4

THERMES: 2

SQUARE FEET: 2,273

SELLING PRICE: $725,000

2368 Hickory Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 [Scott Laughlin | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]

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