A New Era for the Hertzog Homestead

A new era for the Hertzog Homestead Bed-and-Breakfast will be arriving in the upcoming weeks. In 2009, we originally had a dream to convert our beautiful 18th-century barn into an extension of the bed-and-breakfast we operated on our property. When the st...

And then it was gone….

It is not hard to imagine the countless hours, days, and weeks it took to build the pole shed that stood on the property between our barn and our house. Jacob Metzer the second, my ancestor who probably built this building, used this shed as a machine she...

Wired For You…

Ever since we’ve lived at Hertzog Homestead Bed-and-Breakfast, our Internet has never been fast.  As society has became more abundant with Internet technology (TVs that streaming Internet, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices like iPads and laptop...

The Digging Begins…

The digging has started. So yesterday I came home and was met with the sight in the picture below. The foundation of the old building has been removed or at least moved from the original sight to be covered later by dirt and fill that they will bring in. ...

Fill Me Up…

A small up date.  The excavators have added more fill to raise the floor the Bed and Breakfast above the flood plain.  During heavier storms, which some of you have experienced, the waters rush down through our yard at a furious pace and can sometimes r...

Arguably the Most Important Part

Yesterday, excavators dug the trenches for what can be arguably called the most important part of the house: the foundation. I took my son out to look at them and all he wanted to do was to jump over them.  I have to admit that the temptation to jump ove...

Mountains Are Meant To Be Climbed

We continue to make progress on the bed-and-breakfast addition. The footers have been poured with concrete. The block has been laid. They can pour the concrete for the floor, though not before the plumber comes out and lays the pipe where it should be so ...

A Foggy Fall Morning

On a foggy Sunday morning, the 8 o’clock sun begins to cut through the haze. I turn into our driveway, the driveway of the Hertzog Homestead, at the end of an 18 mile run, training for the Marine Corp Marathon.  Before me, stretched out towards th...

Halt! You Must Stop Building!!!

Construction almost came to a standstill, potentially halting building for as much as a month.  We had not heard from the Department of Environmental Protection Agency regarding the soil testing that had been done on the property for the sewer system and...

Concrete Proof…

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