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19th Century Pennsylvania Dutch Farmstead "Reforged"

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Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
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MC: 1.12.2
Mod: Conquest Reforged 1.12.2
RP: Conquest Reforged 1.12.2
Shaders: Conquest of the Sun
Topography Created with
World Painter
Intro Video by: Billoxiiboy
(Original intro video by Billoxiiboy here.)

NOW on the Darwin Reforged Server: /warp PADutch

NOTE: You MUST have the Conquest Reforged 1.12.2 mod to properly explore this project.

This is my version of a Pennsylvania Dutch Farm from my native southeastern Pennsylvania c. 1880's-1890's. I've tried to be as accurate as possible in recreating a typical farm of the period and location, although I'm sure there are plenty of anachronisms and mistakes (please feel free to let me know in the comments or DM me if you notice any). This farmstead would have represented a very prosperous farm for the time and not all farms would have contained all the features I have chosen to include in this representation. For inspiration I've drawn from first-hand knowledge (having grown up in the region) and from the Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project. A great website with lots of pictures and descriptions of farm life in the past. I've also drawn heavily from the book "The Old Family Farm: Farm Life 100 Years Ago" by George Grier.


I'll assume not everyone knows what "Pennsylvania Dutch" refers to, so I've posted an excerpt from Wikipedia below.

"The Pennsylvania Dutch cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants. The word "Dutch" does not refer to the Dutch people or Dutch language, but to the German settlers, known as Deutsch (in standard German) and Deitsch (in the principal dialect they spoke, Palatine German). Most emigrated to the Americas from Germany or Switzerland in the 17th and 18th century. Over time, the various dialects spoken by these immigrants fused into a unique dialect of German known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania "Dutch". At one time, more than one-third of Pennsylvania's population spoke this language.

The Pennsylvania Dutch maintained numerous religious affiliations, with the greatest number being Lutheran or German Reformed, but also with many Anabaptists, including Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterite. The Anabaptist religions promoted a simple lifestyle, and their adherents were known as Plain people or Plain Dutch. This was in contrast to the Fancy Dutch, who tended to assimilate more easily into the American mainstream. "

This Farm is meant to depict a typical PA Dutch Farm of the time and not necessarily an Amish or Mennonite farm specifically (in fact the use of hex signs on barns was rejected by the Plain Dutch as pagan superstition). Although during this time period the average PA Dutch farmer had a lot in common with those groups when it came to farming practice, transportation, dress, etc. (much more so than today).

The farmstead features:
-Pennsylvania bank barn with PA Dutch "Hex" paintings.
-"4 over 4" style farmhouse.
-carriage house and wood-shop
-gable-end stable barn
-summer kitchen
-root cellar
-woodshed
-pump-house
-spring house
-ice house
-hen house
-butchering house
-cider house
-smokehouse
-hog house
-corn crib
-tobacco barn
-machine shed
-duck house
-market garden
-kitchen garden


There are also many pieces of 19th century farm machinery including:
-wagons
-harrow
-steel plow
-seed drill
-corn sheller
-hay mower
-hay rake
-McCormick reaper
as well as a grain elevator and a grain threshing machine which can be operated by a horse engine.

Beyond the farmyard there are many other features to explore including:
-sheep barn
-lime kiln
-fields for corn, wheat, oats, hemp, potatoes, and more
-hay meadows
-livestock pastures
-woods
-streams
-pond
-orchard

There is also an Oliver-Evans style grist mill, a covered bridge, one-room schoolhouse, and a small village which includes a Lutheran church, dairy depot, blacksmith, and a country store.

Note: If you turn on the way-point settings I have marked out many of the previously listed buildings, features, and machinery with way-point markers.

I hope you enjoy exploring this project as much as I have creating it. There is so much to see and hopefully to learn as well.
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Update #2 : 06/17/2019 9:03:55 pmJun 17th, 2019

Wow! Where to begin. I used World Painter to add terrain around my core farm build. Then came hours of filling that terrain with the woods, fields, pastures, and a host of other interesting features.

I spend many long hours researching farming techniques of the late 1800's and created many pieces of farm machinery (vehicles were never my strong suit).

Except for a few building interiors (in the village) I think this build is pretty much done.
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03/18/2020 9:56 am
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TheMistyMeadows
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What can I do if my friend can't get the mod this needs to work for them?
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03/18/2020 3:13 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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go to https://conquestreforged.com and follow the directions to download the launcher. You need to have the Java version of Minecraft it does not work for Bedrock.
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06/18/2019 3:33 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
joes02114
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This is absolutely beautiful! A wonderful work!
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06/19/2019 3:31 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Thanks, I was a lot of work, research and building.
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10/22/2018 6:23 am
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billoxiiboy
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Visually, Stunning Simplicity.....it made me go very quite for a long while.
It invokes such imaginings; times long past.
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10/22/2018 7:31 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Thanks my friend, for a simpler time they sure had to know to do a lot of different things!
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09/16/2018 10:12 am
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Thanks! We probably looked at the same photo ;)

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09/15/2018 12:39 pm
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kanna172014
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I thought of one thing you might add. How about an ice house? A lot of farms had one back then.
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09/15/2018 8:47 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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09/15/2018 9:30 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Mage
kanna172014
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Wow, looks just like one I saw in some pictures I found on Google! Your builds are probably the most realistic I've seen!
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09/15/2018 6:08 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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It's crazy how many outbuildings a single farmstead had. I guess most of them have become dilapidated and disappeared or been replaced by new buildings, so we don't see them today and don't realize how crowded the farmyard was.
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09/15/2018 8:21 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Mage
kanna172014
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BTW, how many people do you think it would take to run a farm as big as this one?
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09/15/2018 8:46 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Most likely you would have an extended family, parents, grandparents (maybe even both sets) several children (from infants to teens and maybe a young adult or two) A large place like this might even Aunts, Uncles and cousins or have a tenant family upstairs or in a nearby house to help out.

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09/15/2018 6:06 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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I had thought of that too! Need to add it to the list.
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09/14/2018 10:25 pm
Level 25 : Expert Architect
PanzerMan1002
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Damn, it looks terrific. Those Amish folks that still live like that today never cease to impress, but hey, who can blame them? The country in the region is so beautiful, and there's so much history. The farmhouse looks really nice... interesting how it appears to be entirely frame, except for one side made entirely of stone, I've never seen anything like that. Good Stuff.
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09/14/2018 10:40 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Sometimes the gable end of a barn or house is stone while the rest is frame. I'm still playing with the idea of making both gables (or even the whole house) stone or leaving it all clapboard siding, so I left the one end stone until I make up my mind

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09/10/2018 8:52 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Mage
kanna172014
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I can't wait to explore this. It'd be fun pretending I live on a farm in the 1800s.
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09/10/2018 10:37 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Yeah, it's fun to walk around. I'll try to add a download soon. It's still not done but I don't want to deprive you anymore ;)

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09/02/2018 3:56 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Musician
Fighterbear12
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Very good stuff. Like an open-air museum! I love those.
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09/04/2018 9:14 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Thanks, I should have a download soon so you can really explore.
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09/01/2018 11:34 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Architect
LightlySaltedBuilder
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The farm looks great, I love how you have all the different buildings, and the attention to accuracy.
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09/01/2018 11:53 am
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Thanks, I always strive for accuracy in my builds. It.caI be very frustrating and even limiting at times (people usually build simply as it's the most efficient). But I think it adds it's own kind of detail.
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09/01/2018 11:00 am
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Zioka_
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Brilliant work. Thanks for posting this!
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09/01/2018 11:50 am
Level 57 : Grandmaster Architect
COLFETTERS
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Thanks. Still a lot to do
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