Welcome to this joint blog published by the Mennonite Heritage Center, the Goschenhoppen Historians, and the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center.

Here we will be offering articles, recipes, helpful tips and more from our Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Be sure to subscribe, so you receive new posts by email!

We hope you’ll be inspired to bring pieces of the past to your present through Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, gardening, and crafts.

Along the garden fence

By Bob Wood. Today’s topic is the garden fence and the narrow garden beds that lay close along the fences of the early kitchen gardens. The “PA Dutch” dialect was wholly unwritten, and what bits of information we have such as day books and journal accounts were written in German by men; while the garden,Continue reading “Along the garden fence”

Wooden Water Pumps

By Scott Houting. Title image: Water pump at Peter Wentz Farmstead, Worcester, PA. Visitors to the Peter Wentz Farmstead will occasionally ask the simple question, “How did the families living in the house get their water for everyday chores and drinking?” The simple answer is, of course, from a well dug outside the house. However,Continue reading “Wooden Water Pumps”


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