The National Christmas Center Collection has been purchased in its entirety and will remain in Lancaster County. The Christmas Collection will be categorically packed up and transported to Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, presently home of Ironstone Ranch, The Star Barn Village and soon to be home to Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge (Kissing Bridge). The display will be incorporated as a Christmas Collection at the upcoming major endeavor, The Barns of Belmont. The Belmont endeavor is a three-year project that will ultimately house the Leviathan 4-4-0 Steam Engine and the only reproduction of the original Lincoln Funeral Car. The four and a half story Belmont Barn will house a full commercial kitchen and provide seating for over 500 guests for weddings and corporate events.
Several of the rare nativity scenes from the National Christmas Center will be displayed this Christmas in The Star Barn during the holiday dinners open to the public by reservation. One scene to be included will be the 23-piece hand carved, bass wood, life sized Nativity.
The Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge is being moved to Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown, PA as part of DAS Companies Inc’s stewardship outreach to save and preserve Lancaster County’s historic architectural treasures. All hurtles have been overcome and now the 210-ton crane arrives September 4th to sure up the structure which was almost lost in the last two floods this past month. Everything, including the lime stone abutments, are being removed and reused in the reconstruction of both sections of this amazing double pour arch bridge. One section will be used and rebuilt to its original grandeur for horse and carriage, hitch wagons and modern traffic crossing over the creek. The other section will be rebuilt to cross the creek at another point for an 1860’s replica of a 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive and passenger cars “Full Scale”. People from all over the world will once again be able to experience the master craftsmanship of the Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge in two distinct applications. The first half will be completed by March 30, 2019 with the second half being completed about 3 years later.
Our opening to the public will be April 22, 2019 with the reenactment of the Lincoln Funeral Train passing by the Herr’s Mill Covered bridge.
Leviathan Full Scale 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive makes its way to Stone Gables Estate and The Star Barn Village on Friday, June 29th. Weighing over 115,000 lbs., this museum quality, fully operational steam locomotive will be a part of the attractions at The Star Barn Village Grand Opening on July 3rd and 4th. The locomotive is a replica of an original 4-4-0 that passed through the center of Stone Gables Estate in April 1865, pulling Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train. It will be fully fired up, hooting, whistling and ringing its brass bell, creating a great photo opportunity and an amazing piece of Americana Art to see.