Company: Welkinweir
Address: 1368 Prizer Rd, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19465
Phone: 610-469-7543

Nestled in 197 acres of natural beauty, Welkinweir – meaning where sky meets water – can be traced to the early 17th century when it was part of Reading Furnace. The original portion of the house, dating form 1750, pre-dates an early iron tilt forge established here in 1791. William Morris came to the property as a blacksmith in 1827, married the owner’s daughter and inherited the forge.  His son continued the operation until 1898. While he was alive, Morris amassed the surrounding farmlands that now host a 55-acre arboretum and enlarged the original house, in 1830 and again in 1860. In 1935 Everett and Grace Rodenbaugh, attracted by the peace and tranquility of the location, purchased the property as a weekend retreat, lovingly transforming  the then declining farm to the lush sanctuary one finds today.  In 1940, famed architect Fridtjof Tobiessen was retained to again expand the house, working to blend it into the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The diverse wetland, meadow, and woodland habitats are now a living laboratory for the study of ecological issues, sustainability, and land stewardship. The property is open for touring on a regular basis. 

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