Pleasant Hill Plantation

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Pleasant Hill Plantation
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Pleasant Hill Plantation is located in Pennsylvania
Pleasant Hill Plantation
Pleasant Hill Plantation is located in the US
Pleasant Hill Plantation
Location Little Conestoga Road near Glen Moore, West Nantmeal Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°7′2″N 75°47′0″W / 40.11722°N 75.78333°W / 40.11722; -75.78333Coordinates: 40°7′2″N 75°47′0″W / 40.11722°N 75.78333°W / 40.11722; -75.78333
Area 6.8 acres (2.8 ha)
Built c. 1780
NRHP reference # 83002227[1]
Added to NRHP February 24, 1983

Pleasant Hill Plantation, also known as Van Leer Place, is a historic stone farmhouse located near Glen Moore in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

The original structure of two stories and three bays was built by Matthew Robinson or Robertson, probably before the American Revolution. He died in 1792 and left the house to his son David. Around 1800, it was sold to the Lewis brothers, John and Samuel. They were probably responsible for an addition of two bays on the west side of the house at this time. Local tradition associates the house with a tavern, possibly at this time; however, if so, it was never licensed to dispense liquor. In addition to their reputed tavern-keeping, the Lewises also opened an iron mine on the farm. They lost the property in 1824, when it was sold by the sheriff to Isaac Wayne Van Leer.[2]

Van Leer, a grandnephew of Anthony Wayne, was the son of William R. Van Leer, a local ironmaster. Isaac Wayne was a progressive agriculturalist and horticulturalist. He enlarged an existing structure into a barn soon after purchase, and replaced the old log kitchen with a new addition to the house in 1843. Van Leer also added gilt paint and other fashionable touches to the house and planted rarities in his gardens. His grandnephew, George Howard Earle III (later Governor of Pennsylvania) was born at the house in 1890. After Van Leer's death in 1896, the condition of Pleasant Hill deteriorated, particularly when it was rented out during the 1930s. It was restored in 1948 and remains a private residence.[2]

Pleasant Hill was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 24, 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "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). ARCH: Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-02.  Note: This includes Estelle Cremers and Dorothy Adams (April 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Pleasant Hill Plantation" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-17.