Farm - Moyer - Groninger
Two large farms existed inside the town bounderies of Port Royal. One was commonly known as the Moyer Farm. The second was the Groninger-Gilson Farm. This first farm was located in the southern section of the town between Main Street and the Tuscarora Creek. It included ground that had formerly been the home of original fairgrounds.
This farm was first owned by, William and Mary B. "Molly" (Leahey) Wisehaupt. Later the farm was sold to Lester Moyer, and eventually his sons William and Harold "Whitey" Moyer would own it.
While owning the farm, the Moyers engaged in the trading of livestock.
The other farm was located at the west end of the borough. The buildings of the farm were in the borough while much of the tillable land bordered the west side of the fairgrounds in Milford Township. The farm stretched along Eighth Street from "Town Lane" to the ridge north of the fairgrounds. This farm was owned by R. Elliott Groninger and his wife Mary (McLaughlin). After the Groninger's, it was occupied by Guy and Nellie (Weimer) Gilson. Part of the property of this farm was used for a dormitory for the Airy View Academy which was located across Eighth Street from the farm. When used for this purpose, the farmhouse/dorm was known as the "Professor Wilson Place". (Professor David Wilson had founded the Academy.)
This farm had a unique barn patterned after Swiss architecture. That barn was demolished ti make way for the Route 75 project in 1967.
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