The original warrant for the property dates to 1751, when two 100 acre parcels were purchased by John Witherow as part of Carolls Tract. Originally called "The Hermitage," the property passed through one other owner before it was purchased by Chamberlin in 1796. Four generations of the Chamberlin family lived on the property until 1873. The house was built by David Chamberlin around 1830 and the barn in 1867.
The house passed through several other families and the land holdings increased until it was purchased by I.Z. Musselman in 1930 and was given the name Beech Springs Farm. The name is significant because of the beech trees and natural springs that populate the property. Fruit grown on the property. Orchasrds abandoned in the 1970's and the proeprty broken up into large parcels. The house and barn sit on the last remaining 10.5 acres of the original farm.
In late 2001, the farm was purchased by its current owners, Jayne and Bill Shord. The house and outbuildings have undergone extensive rennovation over the past 14 years. In 2013, the Shords received a Historic Preservation Award for the barn and an award for the house in 2016.
Originally from the Pittsburgh area, the Shords purchased the property and slowly began developing the gardens and rennovating the house and barn. An avid gardener from childhood, Jayne began growing produce and selling it at the Gettysburg Farmers Market but as she continued developing the gardens, she searched for a way to share the beauty of the property with the community. At the same time, she wanted to introduce guests to the freshest produce possible. host events that incorporated fresh produce from the farm into the menu
In 2010 the Shords had the opportunity to host an event for the Gettysburg Festival and the rest is history...
Former White House Chef, Walter Schieb suggested that it would be a perfect location for weddings. Over the next three years, the Shords hosted several other events for the Gettysburg Festival and began receiving inquiries about their location and its possible use for a wedding venue.
Working with township officials, the Shords completed rennovation of the barn in 2013. From gardens filled with flowers to our fresh home grown produce and farm to table menus, the experience is pure and elegant. Ceremonies can be held in a variety of outdoor settings including by the pond, under the maple tree, or near the fountain. To add to the charm, the 150 year-old barn is available for wedding receptions. The owner specializes in farm-to-table cuisine, and will work with the caterer to custom design your reception menu, incorporating the Certified Naturally Grown fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey from her garden.
Welcome to Beech Springs Farm...
My husband, Bill and I have been the stewards of this beautiful farm for 18 years. Over the years the farm has undergone many changes. The house and barn have been totally renovated and the grounds have been beautifully landscaped. For the first 15 years, the farm's gardens produced organically grown small fruits and vegetables that were sold to local restaurants and stores, the Gettysburg Farmers Market and our Community Supported Agriculture program. In 2010 we began sharing the farm with the community, hosting fundraisers, farm dinners, garden parties, weddings, barn dances, birthday parties, graduation parties and many other special events.
The farm is very picturesque and the rolling meadows, vibrant flower beds, stone walls, bridge, arbor and numerous water features provide our guests with a down to earth, yet elegant, relaxed atmosphere.. Located just ten miles west of historic Gettysburg, PA, our farm includes a historic 1876 Pennsylvania bank barn that has been totally renovated. The barn (and our house) have received historic recognition. The barn's original rustic characteristics have been retained but it has been updated to make it comfortable for guests and staff. The native stone, pine floors and original oak and chestnut beams are now complemented by modernizations which include an over-sized covered porch, handicapped access and parking, indoor restrooms, a catering prep room, separate dessert and beverage bars, a superior Bose sound system and other many other amenities.
Menus for on-farm events incorporate the farm's seasonal produce, custom designed by Biggerstaff's Catering, the farm's select caterer.