OUR HISTORY

The Farm

 FROM THEN... TO NOW.

Elizabeth Farms began as The Elizabeth Furnace Plantation in the 18th century.  Furnace founder and original owner of the property John Jacob Huber transformed the property to accommodate the furnace and ironwork industry during the colonial-era. In 1752 Hubers daughter, Elizabeth, married a German employee of her father, Heinrich Wilhelm Stiegel. By 1757 Stiegel had bought the Elizabeth plantation and renamed it the Elizabeth Furnace after his wife, and the daughter of its founder. With financial backing of Philadelphia investors, Stiegel constructed many of the historic buildings the plantation held. 

 

Elizabeth Furnace was later acquired by the Coleman family when Stiegel and his extravagant taste landed him in debtors prison in Philadelphia by the early 1770’s. Creditors eventually leased the furnace to a young iron master name Robert Coleman. Coleman managed the furnace with enough skill he was able to eventually earn enough to purchase the property before his 7 year lease expired. The mansion Coleman built in 1788 remains standing today on the property off of Rt 501. 

 

Since the recent sale of the property in October 2021 this historic farm which has been functioning as a successful Christmas tree farm for the past 30 years will continue on its path to expand to weddings, corporate events, agritourism & many other family friendly seasonal activities!

 

We are proud to announce a new adventure at The Barns at Elizabeth Farms as the brand new owners showcase their passion for creating a wholesome family friendly environment while sharing this beautiful historic property with you throughout the entire year! 

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