01 December 2015

On This Day: Lefever widow buys the Ark

Susan Elizabeth Lefever, it was announced On This Day in 1880, purchased the “Ark” at a public sale. The sale was a public sale for the executors of the estate of the late Daniel Lefever, of Drumore Township. 

Susan, Daniel’s widow, purchased a tract of land containing 39 acres with improvements known as the “Ark” for $143 per acre. She also purchased a 100 acre farm, also near Quarryville. 

The auction was held on 30 November by B.F. Rowe. A third tract of land consisted on 201 acres in Drumore Township was purchased by Henry H. Lefever and Jacob Keen. 

The “Ark” is Quarryville’s oldest building still in existence today. It was built in 1791 by Martin Barr. It is located on North Church Street. 

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 1 December 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

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