Historic Family Farm Preserved
Jerry Caslow and Jane Sutton want their property in Pennsylvania to honor the agricultural history and traditions that were enjoyed by previous generations. The Farm & Natural Lands Trust was able to permanently preserve their 63.707 acres in Glen Rock, Codorus Township with a conservation easement through the County of York Bargain Sale.
The farm was originally a part of the 400 acres tract deeded to Ludwig Krebs in the Krebs Valley during the 1700's directly by William Penn. Around 1877, Jacob T Caslow and Adeline Krebs (Jerry’s great grandparents) married and took ownership during which time the current house was built. The property has since been passed down to Jerry’s grandparents and parents. In 1984 Jerry purchased the family farm, and in 1994, he married Jane and they have since done a complete renovation of the farmhouse.
Jerry’s earliest childhood memories include following his grandfather and father around the farm from dust to dawn. He adds, “In the fifties it was a self sufficient farm with the following: three work horses, milking cows, steers, hogs, & chickens. Crops included: barley, wheat, oats, corn, potatoes, clover seed, hay and all the things you would find a normal garden from strawberries to sweet potatoes including oyster roots to lilies. I even remember my father attempting to grow peanuts one year.”
Some of Jane and Jerry’s favorite features on the property include the hand dug well and hand pump; the stone work in the house foundation; the rolling farm land & quality of the soil. When visiting, you enter into the secluded property through rolling cornfields and immediately take in stunning easterly and southerly views.
Jane and Jerry enjoy their privacy, and their conservation easement with the Farm & Natural Lands Trust will allow future generations continue in that pleasure.
Photos courtesy Farm & Natural Lands Trust