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Wentz Farmstead Receives Grant

Park map at the entrance to the Wentz Farmstead.

Park map at the entrance to the Wentz Farmstead.

WORCESTER PA – Montgomery County’s Peter Wentz Farmstead has received a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support its Historic House Environmental Monitoring Project, its curator announced Wednesday (Feb. 4, 2009).

The grant supports consultation with a conservator, and the purchase of equipment, to monitor environmental conditions at the farmstead. The Wentz site – on Shearer Road near the intersection of Routes 73 and 363 – documents life on an 18th-century Pennsylvania German farm. It served as a  headquarters for Gen. George Washington in October 1777. Collections of household furnishings and decorative arts are displayed in the Wentz family home, which was built in 1758.

The Wentz Farmstead project was one of just 248 projects nationwide to receive such a grant. “We are excited about the opportunity the NEH has provided to expand our preservation efforts,” farmstead curator Morgan McMillan said.

The site is regularly open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Guided tours are offered every 45 minutes. For more information, call 610-584-5104.

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