This Rohrerstown farm is the state’s first to stay in the same family for 300 years [since 1717]

Pennsylvania has presented its first honor to a farm that has been continuously operated by the same family for 300 years.

By PHILIP GRUBER, Lancaster Farming    | Jan 24, 2019 |

Robert and J. Marlin Miller received the Tricentennial Farm Award on Jan. 11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The Millers’ ancestors, Hans and Jacob Brubaker, bought 700 acres in what is now Rohrerstown in 1717. The land, secured from William Penn’s agents, was near the Brubakers’ cousins’ holdings.

The various family members controlled land that stretched roughly from present-day Granite Run Drive to Columbia Avenue, Marlin said.

Robert and Marlin, the ninth generation to run the farm, retain 62 of Hans and Jacob’s original acres along Farmingdale Road. The Miller brothers grew up on the farm, and Robert still lives there, parking his car in the old carriage shed. Marlin lives a mile or two away but keeps his collection of antique tractors at the farm.

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