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- Pennsylvania Winter|
- The Twilight Hour|
The Melcher Grist
Washington Township, Bally, Pennsylvania
The Melcher Grist
Mill, shown in the painting with a large holiday wreath adorning it, was built
in 1888. It served the Nicholas Melcher Farm located in the borough of Bally,
PA. It was water-powered by the adjoining pond and continued in operation until
is was dismantled in the late 1970's and meticulously reconstructed on site at
the Berks County Heritage Center on Red Bridge Road, Reading where it is preserved
for future generations.
The pond was a favorite gathering place for skaters, young and old.
From Original Acrylic on Canvas, by Julie Longacre
29 Longacre Lane,
Barto, PA 19504
A typical example of a Berks County farmhouse.
A sense of peace filled the
stillness while the snow
quietly blanketed the ground.
Up with the Tree
Down with the Snow
Its Christmas Time
Wherever you go.
Through the Village
Prints also available
Julie Longacre Books, Cards and Prints are available at the following locations:
Dairy Bar, Route 100, Barto, PA
Store, Bally, PA
Library & Heritage Center Gift Shop, Pennsburg, PA 215-679-3103
Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA
Arts Gallery and Frame Shop, Routes 73 and 663, Gilbertsville, PA 610-367-1804
The Bank Barn, Oley Valley, Pennsylvania
Nestled in the rolling hills, this bank barn is a familiar sight
in the Lobachsville
area. Built into the bank, or side of the hill,
the barn's design gave easy
access on two ground levels, the
stables were located in the lower front
section of the barn,
providing shelter for the aninmals. Around the back
barn, the bank provided ground level access to the second
for the tractors and other farm equipment.
5 x 7
Fond memories and family traditions
centered around the hearth where family
and friends gathered together
around the warmth
of the open fire.
Pennsylvania Farm, Winter
5 x 9
of Eastern Pennsylvania brought with them
a tradition ofarchitectural sytle
of building. This country
farm nestled in the hillside is a typical example
Pennsylvania Dutch (German) construction. The red milk
paint on the
barn adds a rich color that blends with the subtle textures of the December landscape.
From the Snow Covered Pasture,
5 x 7
quiet countryside of Pennsylvania is especially
serene on a wintry evening,
when the light of the full
moon reflects the silence.
Long Lane Back to the Farm
5 x 8
Just take the
Long Lane back to the farm . .
and the memories will follow . .
down the lane to fetch the mail, looking for
wild flowers along the way;
Smelling the aroma of the fresh
cut hay carried on the hot summer breeze;
Sipping ice tea on the back porch swing, watching the
fireflies light up
Orange pumpkins announcing the arrival of fall, after the
corn harvest was in; The first frost stirring the excitement "Let Thanksgiving
The thought of fresh apple pie served up warm,
everyone home . .and back to the farm.
Late Fall, Early Snow
As the dry leaves
still cling to the trees,
I hear December whistling in the breeze.
tune is familiar
The white flakes fall
The melody lingers to remind us
That the holiday season is about to call.
Dressed for December
I found these three
buildings still standing in their original
setting. Over the years I have
been combing the back roads
and rural landscape, sketching and recording
what remains of
our rich, architectural heritage. I've artistically restored
buildings to their former beauty and dressed them up
holidays are a welcoming blend of family, food and friends.
The fire in the
old brick hearth made for a warm invitation to guests.
Decorated with holly
and greens, this home is ready for a tea party
Complete with fresh baked cookies
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
So, come in
and relax in the old rocking chair.
Footsteps to the River
the Schuylkill River National & State
Heritage Area Footsteps to the
river is a watercolor of the
Mouns Jones House at Morlatton Village, Berks
Pennsylvania. In 2004 the painting was reproduced as
note cards and offered to the public to raise awareness
of our precious natural
The Evergreen Gate
There was an old
stone fence up behind my grandparents' farm.
Over the years the stone had
crumbled away leaving an opening where each December, after the first snowfall,
we began our search for "the perfect Christmas tree". As kids we fondly
referred to the opening as The Evergreen Gate because once we passed through it,
as far as the eye could see was a magical forest of Evergreens.
One Day Last Winter
Far from the colorful
branches of fall
Away from the new song of spring
the silent wonder of
white on white
what peacefulness can winter bring . .
Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a Cheerful New Year.
Cards may be ordered
with the greeting or as notecards.
softly in the sunset hour
Silent on the winter snow
Serenity enfolds the
With cherished memories of long ago
The brighter the snow
Although no moonlight fills the air
The silent snowflakes drift unaware.
They cover the ground
In the presence
Serenity makes no sound.
Speaker's House, 1763, Trappe, Pennsylvania|
Hearth and Home for the Holidays
Home to Frederick Muhlenberg, first speaker of the house.
the night snowflakes drifted down from heaven,
A blanket of white covered
meadow and farm.
Still and serene, the silent scene,
Waited for sunrise
on Christmas Day.
may be ordered as notecards.
All prose and poems
on this site are written by Julie Longacre and copyrighted.