'One Great Irish Spot': True Living History

The family homestead -- still in use and productive to this very day!

One of my most magnificent or poignant 'Great Irish Spots' would certainly have to be finding my 7 times Great-Grandfather's homestead where he settled in America after imigrating from Ireland.  In 1755, Robert Steen of The Vow, Ireland, arrived in America and shortly thereafter settled upon a 100 acre farm near Chestnut Level, PA, where he raised his family and lived until his death around 1806.  A member of the family had his Son fly him over Robert Steen's old homeplace.  He took these pictures of the original farm as it appears today. The farmhouse is located at the northern (top) edge of the field shown below.

The two story stone house is believed to be over 200 years old and was probably built by (or for) Robert and his family. 

His two daughters, who never married, lived at this place until their death about 1839.  His two living sons, Samuel and Alexander, had moved west as young men and no descendants were able to return to settle the estate.

My spirit sailed when I learned that the home is still inhabited today and the land is still productive and meaningful to the family and community!

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Tags: Ancestry, Genealogy, Living History, Pennsylvania, United States

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