Biglerville home honors Civil War-era craftsmanship

Lisa Grim stands in the kitchen of her Adams County farmhouse (Photo by Chris Dunn)

Lisa Grim stands in the kitchen of her Adams County farmhouse (Photo by Chris Dunn)

When Lisa Grim bought a 232-acre property along the Conewago Creek, her then-5-year-old son, Wyatt, had one question on his mind.

“Mommy, why’d we buy such a run-down farm?”

“Because God wants us to rebuild and make it happy again,” she recalled telling him.

Taking a ride on a four-wheeler around the property, it’s hard not to see why Grim fell in love. A small pond and a big, red barn flank her driveway. Red-winged black birds and swallows flit in and out of meadow grass, and white-tailed deer bound across the fields that yawn behind her house. It’s like being transported back in time to the country’s agrarian roots.

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After restoring the small pre-Civil War-era farmhouse she now rents out, Grim set to work constructing her dream house, which she moved into a year ago.

Nostalgia and family laced her vision.

She wanted her new house to look old. She wanted to be able to tell stories about how it was built. She wanted the house to represent what America used to be like ­— to honor craftsmanship and attention to detail. But mostly, she wanted it to be comfortable — a place where her kids and their friends wanted to congregate.

And, after touring the large wood-and-stone farmhouse, it looks as if Grim was able to check all of her boxes.

The bricks in her first-floor powder room were salvaged from Grim’s restaurant, the Pub & Restaurant in Gettysburg, which burned down in a 2001 fire and was rebuilt a year later.

She can rattle off the names of all the folks who helped craft it: Dylan built a desk and bathroom vanities from reclaimed barn wood; Earl welded the flowers into the zinc sink in her master bathroom; Sonny hand-spun each of the spindles in her staircase.

The antiques she’s been collecting for decades can be found in every corner, but instead of feeling stuffy, the home is cozy and lived-in.

Like it’s been there forever. And Lisa hopes the farm will be her forever home, too.

“I want to be buried here.”

About Lisa Grim

Age: 52
Lives in: Butler Township, Adams County
Family: Dane, 30; Derien, 24; Derek, 21; Jake 13; Wyatt, 11
Occupation: Owner of the Pub & Restaurant in Gettysburg and Grimsters Trackside Quarter Horses

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