K. Scott Hertzog unveils new book on history of historic Hertzog Homestead at free event

Ephrata, PA (July 1, 2017) – The Hertzog Homestead, along with Masthof Press, is pleased to announce K. Scott Hertzog is releasing his new book My First 250 Years: The Story of The Hertzog Homestead.

Hertzog is the 8th generation descendant from an unbroken family bloodline to live on the original Jacob N. Metzler Plantation, now the Hertzog Homestead, an award-winning bed & breakfast, event venue, and spa cottage in Ephrata.

“I am excited to share my story, how our property evolved over two and a half centuries, and about the people who lived here. This book is based on careful research, genealogical study, and personal stories with interviews from people who called this place their home. I am proud to continue my father’s legacy of family research about this farm.”

Hertzog grew up on Hertzog Homestead and together with his wife, Kristen, converted it from a small beef farm into a thriving hospitality business. Spearheading the restoration of the 250-year-old historic limestone bank barn into a three-season event venue for weddings, executive functions, and fundraising events, Hertzog is also committed to contributing to the global community.  The Hertzog Homestead sponsors the annual Hope for Haiti Benefit auction, which rallies plain and English community as well as many of his own relatives to raise funds for educational projects in Haiti.

“Through writing this book, I have come to better understand my rich heritage, where I came from, and the culture and people who helped make me who I am,” says Hertzog.

Through stories, humor, and historical research, Hertzog relives the ways of years gone by and considers his family’s future legacy. This book is an excellent read for those interested in Amish or Mennonite history in Lancaster County, local historians, and descendants of the Metzler family.

A special free mixer event is planned for Thursday, July 13 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Hertzog Homestead’s historic barn event venue. In addition to light food and drink from JDK Group, there will be property tours, and the opportunity to meet the author and arrange for book purchases.  The event is free, but registration online is required at: http://tinyurl.com/hertzogevent

Hertzog is employed as an English Teacher at Penn Manor High School. After graduating from Garden Spot High School, Hertzog attended Hesston College, and then Millersville University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education, and finally West Chester University where he earned an English Master’s degree. Scott and Kristen Hertzog have two children, a 15-year-old daughter adopted from Haiti and a 10-year biological son, who is the 9th generation from an unbroken family bloodline to live at Hertzog Homestead. For more information about Hertzog Homestead, visit www.hertzoghomestead.com.

The free mixer event is planned for Thursday, July 13 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in the Hertzog Homestead Event Venue located at 470 West Metzler Road, Ephrata. The event is free, but registration is required at: http://tinyurl.com/hertzogevent or by calling 717-201-4893.

The book will be available from Masthof Press on their website after July 13th.

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