Farm - Moyer - Groninger

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This is how the Moyer farm house appeared in the Spring of 2009 when it was listed to Craig Book.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 10/1/09 - Image Year: 2009

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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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Contributed by rkohler3 on 5/16/20 - Image Year: 1913
BARN RAISING - Constructing the large Swiss Style Barn on the Groninger Farm.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 5/16/20 - Image Year: 1955
GRONINGER FARM HOUSE AND BARN This photo was taken from the yard of 707 Market Street looking west across Eighth Street and it shows the farm house and Swiss Style barn when Guy and Nellie Gilson occupied the farm. The farm house was attached to the back of the former Airy View Academy dormitory.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/6/13 - Image Year: 1929
ADVERTISEMENT from the 1929 PRHS Yearbook
Contributed by ray on 3/6/13 - Image Year: 1930
ADVERTISEMENT from the 1930 PRHS Yearbook.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/13/13 - Image Year: 1949
ADVERTISEMENT from the 1949 TVHS Yearbook.
Contributed by rkohler3 on 3/14/13 - Image Year: 1953
ADVERTISEMENT from the 1953 TVHS Yearbook.

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