Stiegel-Coleman House

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Stiegel-Coleman House
Stiegel Coleman House LanCo PA.jpg
Stiegel-Coleman House is located in Pennsylvania
Stiegel-Coleman House
Stiegel-Coleman House is located in the US
Stiegel-Coleman House
Location PA 501 north of U.S. 322, near Brickerville, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°14′16″N 76°17′48″W / 40.2378°N 76.2968°W / 40.2378; -76.2968Coordinates: 40°14′16″N 76°17′48″W / 40.2378°N 76.2968°W / 40.2378; -76.2968
Area 85 acres (34 ha)
Built 1757 (1757)
NRHP Reference # 66000668
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 13, 1966[1]
Designated NHL November 13, 1966[2]

The Stiegel-Coleman House, also known as Elizabeth Farms, is a historic mansion house at 2121 Furnace Hills Pike (Pennsylvania Route 501), just north of Brickerville, Pennsylvania. Built in 1757 and substantially enlarged in 1780, it was the home of two of colonial Pennsylvania's early iron and glass makers, William Stiegel and Robert Coleman. The furnace they operated, whose archaeological remains are probably on this property, was one of the most successful in the Thirteen Colonies, and provided war materials for Continental Army. Their house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.[2][3] It has remained in the hands of Coleman descendants, mostly as a private residence.

Description and history[edit]

The Stiegel-Coleman House stands on 85 acres (34 ha) of mostly woodland, on the east side of Furnace Hills Pike just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the village of Brickerville. The house is a multi-winged structure, built primarily out of local stone. The original core of the house is a two-story gabled structure, to which a northward-extending long wing was added, in which both residential and business operations related to the nearby iron furnace were conducted. A tall decorative cupola is mounted on the wing's roof ridge. The core structure was built about 1756-58 by William Stiegel. Attached at an offset on its south side is a two-story gabled structure whose exterior has been finished in plaster.[3]


The property was first developed industrially in 1750 by John Jacob Huber, a German immigrant and ironmaster. Huber's daughter married William Stiegel, also a German immigrant, and it is Stiegel who built the oldest portion of the house now standing. In addition to making iron, Stiegel also established a glassworks here, which he later moved to Manheim. The property was later acquired by Irish immigrant Robert Coleman. Coleman arrived in North America in 1764, and rapidly rose to control several important ironworks in eastern Pennsylvania, including Hopewell Furnace, Speedwell Forge, and Cornwall Furnace. He apparently began to lease Stiegel's furnace around the time of the American Revolutionary War, and eventually purchased it outright. His management of the ironworks benefited from providing cannons for the war effort, and he died as one of the nation's early millionaires.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Stiegel-Coleman House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b c Richard E. Greenwood (October 17, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Elizabeth Farms / Stiegel-Coleman House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, undated (32 KB)