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Swiss Pioneer Presentation Associates will be giving a presentation about a Lancaster County Farm that has remained in one Mennonite family for seven generations. “Martins at Weaverland and What Their Deeds Told Us” will be held at the Martindale Fellowship Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, on February 28, 2013 at 7:00PM.
Immigrant David Martin purchased 370 acres from the Penns in 1738. Portions of his farm remain in the possession of his descendants today. One of David’s sons, Henry Martin, began preserving the important documents and family papers in a wooden box. Each generation added their documents until the present time. Containing land deeds, wills, agreements and maps this unusual collection reveals many interesting land divisions and developments of 18th and 19th century. Special attention will be given to an early European method of meadow irrigation and hay making, a practice that was used at Weaverland until 1948. Lloyd Weiler will be giving a slide presentation of these documents and farm history. Public Welcome. Swiss Pioneer Preservation Associates is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the local history. For more info contact Lloyd Weiler at 717-665-2629