Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The contents of the historic Fleming Farm is going to auction during Greencastle’s Old Home Week August 3-10, 2019. The Fleming Farm is well known as the sight where Corporal William H. Rihl died on June 22, 1863 being the first Union Soldier killed north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Rihl served in Company C the 1st New York (Lincoln) Cavalry Regiment and the only company in the 1st New York that was from Pennsylvania. The 1st New York (Lincoln) was the first authorized regiment to be raised for the Civil War. The monument was erected in 1887 on the Fleming Farm in honor of Corporal Rihl by the Grand Army of the Republic.
The Welch’s, direct descendants of the Fleming’s have continued on the family farm since the early 1800’s. Hurley Auctions will be holding a public online auction of rare antiques and local historic items from the home. Among the most prominent pieces is an early floral painted blanket chest which will surely garner intense interest from collectors, as well as many artifacts and pieces from over 200 years ago!
Many of these local items have remained in the same family for over two centuries, including Boy Scout items from the Roaring Twenties, engravings and photos from the 1860s, dozens of books from the 19th and 20th century, antique clocks, collector trains, vintage furniture, and much more. This auction has something for any collector looking to grab a piece of U.S. history.
One notable item, a painted blanket chest, is quite a collector’s item, originally belonging to one Elizabeth Hollinger predating the 1800’s. Elizabeth born in 1780 married one Peter Snively and later gave birth to their children Joseph and Mary. Interesting to note about the chest is the misspelling of the name: “Elisabeth Holinger” as it appears on the chest. This is due to the semi-literacy of some cabinet workers of the era.
Even after all these years, the family still held onto items like an 1887 History of Franklin County, or “Life and Campaigns of Robert E. Lee” from 1866. Some of the earliest books date back to the first decade of the 1800s, and most are still in great condition. This family preserved these pieces of history for generations upon generations.
There will be a public showing at the Fleming Farm located at 9389 Molly Pitcher Hwy, Greencastle, PA 17225 to inspect the items on Saturday August 3, 2019 from 10am to 12noon. If potential buyers would like to bid in person, Hurley Auctions will have staff on site at their office located at 2800 Buchanan Trail East Greencastle PA 17225 the evening the auction closes. For more information contact Hurley Auctions at 717-597-9100 or visit them at www.hurleyauctions.com.
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