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Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897., p. 75, 81

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Project name: Belfield Residence
Client name: Belfield, T. Broom
Project types: dwelling

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Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA


"T. Broom Belfield bought six acres of land for his beautiful country-seat from Edward Price in 1884, which had been in his family from the time of Wm. Penn, from who the title was made. Mr. Price died about six years ago, aged seventy-two. He was born and died on the farm. The old Columbia Railroad passed through the farm, and crossed one corner of the property, the original granite blocks upon which the rails were laid being in the ground, and of which Mr. Belfield built four gate-posts, which he calls four monuments of the first railroad to the West in this State. The roadway had been abandoned over thirty years before he bought his lot. The architect of the house, which is of wood and stone, with modern improvements, was Mr. James H. Windrim. Mr. Ensinger (now deceased) was the builder. The dwelling is on a high elevation. There is an artesian well and a rain-water cistern, and gas and electricity light the mansion. There is a stone and farm stable. There are two acres in lawn, enclosed by an iron fence."


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