Our founder, Christian Renatus von Zinzendorf. His spirit, living in a spring, is our role model for uniting the spirit and the earth. Painting by Valentine Haidt. Courtesy of the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, Penn.

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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 beautiful, beloved turkeys


The Mahantongo Heritage Center shows the self-sufficient life of the local Pennsylvania German settlers, and includes furniture, architectural objects, iron, pottery, printing, photographs, textiles, tools and other folk traditions of the Mahantongo Valley.


Building the First House with our animal family, 1989.


The Hermitage in 1990

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Our latest project is restoring a late 19th century post office and general store moved from a nearby village. It will provide additional exhibit space. We raised the roof!

All photographs are from our forthcoming book, whose publication date will be announced after we get a publisher.


      Our first winter in the barn, 1988-1989.

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Zephram  with one of our Border Leicester lambs. 1992

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Constructing the summer kitchen, 1992

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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.


Three sweet goats: Starbuck, Bathsheba and their child. 1995


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 2011.

The Gong Project is our large, outdoor percussion instrument made of hanging metal tanks and barrels,.