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Henry Bortz Log House

By chris - Posted on 28 October 2008


       Located along Rt. 222 (Hamilton Blvd.) in Wescosville, this story-and-a-half log house has exposed exterior logs on part of the building, and “shiplap” (clapboard) siding covering the logs on the remaining structure. The east end of the building is an 1815 addition, a post-and-beam brick filled structure under the shiplap. The siding was whitewashed each year before winter. In addition, the kitchen areas were also whitewashed to keep that area of the cabin clean.
      Where the house now sits is not its original location. Previous to it being moved by the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society, to save it from being razed, it was located farther along the same road toward the intersection, which is where it had been moved about 1815 from yet another location! The building is owned by Lower Macungie Township, and maintained by the Lower Macungie Township Historical Society (PO Box 3722, Wescosville, PA 18106). You may walk around and photograph the exterior of the building, but it is not possible to go inside except during several special events held annually.

       Access: 5047 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, PA. From the previous building return to the traffic light at Oxford Drive/24th St./Fish Hatchery Road, turn right onto 24th St. and continue north for 1.7 miles to the second traffic light and T at Hamilton St. (Rt. 222) in Allentown. Turn left onto Rt. 222 and continue for 2.6 miles, past Dorney Park/Whitewater Kingdom, to Kressler Rd. (at a bypass). Turn left onto Kressler Road, then immediately right onto Hamilton Blvd., and continue ahead for 0.5 miles to the Wescosville Recreation Center on the right. Turn into the center, park, and walk to the Bortz Log House.

Selected Reference

Bartholomew, Craig L. and Ann Bartholomew (Editors)
      1996      A History of Lower Macungie Township. Second edition. Lower Macungie Township Historical Society,
                    Wescosville, PA

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