Gass House

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Gass House
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Gass House is located in Pennsylvania
Gass House
Gass House is located in the US
Gass House
Location East of Chambersburg off U.S. Route 30, Guilford Township
Coordinates 39°55′46″N 77°37′46″W / 39.92944°N 77.62944°W / 39.92944; -77.62944Coordinates: 39°55′46″N 77°37′46″W / 39.92944°N 77.62944°W / 39.92944; -77.62944
Area 0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
Built c. 1760
NRHP Reference # 77001168[1]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1977

Gass House, also known as Gass Family Home, Farm House at Franklin Farms, and Union Plantation, is a historic home located at Guilford Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The house was built about 1760, and is a 2 1/2-story, five bay, fieldstone dwelling. It has a two-story, two bay by two bay limestone extension on the north side. It is an example of Scotch-Irish farmhouse architecture.[2]

William Gass, a fuller who had immigrated from Ireland, built the house about 1760 and left it to his brother Benjamin. Benjamin's son, Patrick Gass was born in the house. Patrick later became a soldier and a carpenter and was an important member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Patrick was in line to inherit the house, but it is unclear whether he ever lived in it as the owner. In 1808 the house was sold to the county for use as an almshouse.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Chris Dunlevey (January 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Gass House" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-04.