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Home of Isaac Meier - Myerstown, PA

On January 4, 1730, Isaac Meier, son of Henrich Meir, was born in Heidelberg Township, now Berks Co. Pa.


In 1754, Isaac married Catherine Hergelrode, the daughter of Valentine Hergelrode who owned 249 acres of farmland that included farm buildings and a large limestone house. After the death of Catherine's father, the land was purchased by Isaac. He developed the property into a working plantation, soon purchasing an additional 250 acres of nearby land and began selling residential and commercial lots for a town then known as Tulpehockentown, later renamed Myerstown.


Isaac and Catherine had six children: 5 daughters and a son. They lived an elegant life as plantation owners. Isaac was also a banker, money lender, and owned at least 3 other plantations in addition to the one where he and Catherine resided.


On the night of July 14, 1770, Isaac, the magistrate for his district, was called to the Henry Buch Haus Tavern on business. As he sat by a front window, he was shot in the neck by an unknown attacker. He was carried to his homestead and died the next day, at the young age of 40.


The Isaac Meier Homestead, also known as the "The Old Fort," is located in Myerstown, Lebanon County, PA and is one of the oldest houses in the area. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. the National Register of Historic Landmarks, and the Pennsylvania Historic Register.


Today, the first floor is the only floor open to the public for tours during the fourth Saturday, April through October from 1 PM until 3:30 PM.

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Located at: 101 E Washington Ave, Myerstown, PA 17067


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