Trinity (Two-Fer) Tuesday: Chester County Farmhouse With Ties to Prohibition Liquor Still Operation
This is a very special edition of Trinity Tuesday–a two-fer, if you will. This historic property in Glenmoore is dubbed Still Hollow Farms, and boasts not only a main house dating back to the 1760’s, but also a standalone trinity within the friendly confines of its 14-acre farm. Typically, we’d save this one for our Farmhouse Friday, but we got too excited about it and, well, here we are.
Throw in the fact that Chester County legend has it the property came to be named Still Hollow Farms due to it housing a popular (and illegal) liquor operation serving Philadelphians during the dark ages of Prohibition, and we damn near fainted when we read the listing.
Jean Pecknoe, the home’s listing agent and Realtor with BHHS Fox & Roach in Exton, tells us that there are actually four buildings on the property: the main house, the trinity, a spring house and a bank barn that features a caretaker’s apartment. “It’s a very pretty property,” Pecknoe says.
The main house dates back to the 1760’s and, though added to over the years, its field stone and cedar shingle exterior has kept that classic farmhouse feel. Let’s all grab a glass of sun-brewed iced tea and mozy on inside this place.
Inside is much of the same. There’s a large kitchen with pumpkin pine cabinets and brick floors. The dining room has wonderful exposed beams and a deep fireplace. Each light-filled room features great windows with deep sills.
Now, let’s talk about the trinity, because it’s just as wonderful as the main house. The vintage stone exterior is inviting and there’s more exposed beam work and brick floors on the main floor. Pecknoe notes that the owners use it as a guest cottage for visitors, or it could be rented for additional income. “They’ve done a lovely job keeping it up to date, while still keeping it in period,” Pecknoe says about the entire property. And, instead of being crammed against another home (like we’ve come to know and love about trinity homes in Queen Village or Rittenhouse), this home is set on the pastoral land of Chester County, and comes with stone patio overlooking a stream with a waterfall. It’s a nice change of pace, right?
So what about the liquor operation during Prohibition? Pecknoe admits that the claim can’t actually be substantiated, but that it’s a story that has been passed down through the generations, like folklore. “It’s kind of one of those tongue-in-cheek stories … it makes it fun.”
It wouldn’t be all too shocking if Still Hollow Farm was involved in some sort of liquor business during that time, after all, Pennsylvania was labeled as the “bootlegger’s Elysium” due to its open defiance of the liquor laws of the land.
THE FINE PRINT
Square Feet: 3,108 (main residence)
164 Wynn Hollow Rd, Glenmoore, PA 19343