Our founder, Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf. His spirit, living in a spring, is our role model for uniting the spiritual and the physical. Painting by Valentine Haidt. Courtesy of the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, Penn.
The birthing house. The baby goats were always in motion. 1990
Johannes with Nefretiti, the queen of our flock. 1991
Johannes works the 1890s foot treadle printing press
Our first winter in the barn, 1988-1989.
Christian with one of our Border Leicester lambs. 1992
Constructing the summer kitchen, 1992
Christian’s Gemeinehaus painting showing our founder protecting the Hermitage with his blood which turns into a stream and then into a furrow.
Putting the roof on the tractor shed. Photograph by Luc Novovitch (2004) and used with permission.
Our beautiful, beloved turkeys
The Mahantongo Heritage Center is the only museum specifically dedicated to preserving and displaying the Pennsylvania German folk traditions of the Mahantongo Valley.
Three sweet goats: Starbuck, Bathsheba and their child. 1995
Building the First House with our animal family, 1989.
Getting ready to put the roof on the Gemeinehaus. 1995.
Christian on the “throne” of the hay cutter with our cherished oxen, Star and Bright.
The Hermitage in 1990
The Hermitage in 2011.
All photographs are from our forthcoming book
The Hermitage - How two men transformed a farm into the garden