Shown above-right is the former Alderfer Barn on Harleysville Pike (Route 113), which sat on the site of the present-day Lederach Country Club which is now under construction. Fortunately, the demolition crew who received the contract to tear down this and other historic structures within the site area located a wooden plank inside the Alderfer Barn that had the date "1888" painted onto it. They have since donated it to the Lower Salford Historical Society.
The Alderfer House shown above-left is another fine example of the various additions farming families made to their homes as the family grew in size and wealth. Unfortunately, this house shared the same fate as the barn. The demolition contractor was not too happy when he learned that someone had helped themselves to the antique doors and hardware inside the old home. What makes this home somewhat historically significant to our community is the fact that the basement and foundation to the original dwelling structure, believed to be a log structure of the early settlers, still existed up until the time the home was demolished a few years ago. What was left of a hand-forged piece of hardware that belonged to the original dwelling structure was located on the first floor of the house, but disappeared during the demolition process. Other interior features included a spiral staircase that ran from the first to the second floor and other interior treatments that would have made this home a wonderful candidate for preservation for the right owner.
The above log home, shown above top-right, with various additions sat just off of Hoffman Road in Lower Salford Township. Jacob & Joshua Kratz, long-time society board members, documented this site thoroughly over the course of two years. Interior and exterior meaurements and photographs of the house and barn were collected. The outbuildings were not documented since most were considered to be not historically significant to the overall site. Interestingly enough though is that this same property is listed in the publication 15 Significant (Historic) Properties in Lower Salford Township, which was compiled many years ago. The developer should have preserved this property on site.
The above top-left photograph is of the summer kitchen that was once a free-standing structure, and at one time it was not connected to the original log house. It was later attached by the addition of a circa 19th century stone addition. The exact date of the stone addition was seen in the plaster of the interior section of the attic wall with the name of the owner of long ago - "Gottshalk." As seen in the photographs above some of the older window sash was removed by thieves. The original "dutch door" and cast iron kettle in the basement were removed by neighbors or thieves. The old hand-pump was given to a neighbor. The old outhouse that Eva Hoffman used until she passed away has since been removed too. Maybe you can chalk it all up as recycling. LSHS
Evidence of early sponge painting.
Detail photo of the log construction.
Photo before demolition.
Photo before demolition.
Other properties that were demolished or that were going to be demolished to make way for the residential development and golf course community.