Bell Gate Farm
Owned by one of the first settlers who located in the area around 1728 known as the Henrich Wilhelm Dillinger Family, James and Rebecca Dillinger were the first family to occupy this house built by James’ father.
Bell Gate Farm was once one of 3 of the largest farms in Pennsylvania, and visitors would travel hundreds of miles to visit these pastoral lands. Situated and nestled at the bottom of a Valley further reinforces what we know historically about the property. Built upon a spring would have given the occupants plenty of water and the resources needed to survive the daily structure of life like cooking, smoking meats, and keeping perishable foods cold.
Purchased in the early 1960’s by my Father, it was important to him not just to purchase the house, but also the approximately 268 acres that came along with it. His goal was to ensure that these lands remained undeveloped and be kept protected and untouched other than specifically for farming or open space. An advocate for farming and Farmer’s rights, my Father represented many of the farmers in the area pro-bono, and was always available for advice free of charge as well. Approximately 130 acres are still being farmed. Bell Gate’s Main house, barn, and surrounding outbuildings sit upon 15 acres, and the rest is wooded area.
In the early 70’s, my parents got married. Bell Gate went under it’s first major interior and exterior renovation. The purpose was to make entertaining easier for friends, family, guests, and clients. I can still hear the raucous laughter coming from downstairs when I would go to bed.