Built ca 1720 on part of the original 20 acre parcel of land acquired by the Rittenhouse family from Samuel Carpenter, the Abraham Rittenhouse Home faces east and overlooks the Monoshone Creek and the mill site complex. Of traditional German construction, the original two and a half story rubble building measured 18 by 30 feet and was capped by a steeply pitched roof. Although named for Abraham Rittenhouse, this important example of German vernacular architecture was probably built two generations before Abraham, quite possibly by one of Nicholas Rittenhouse’s children. The case for its ca 1720 construction is circumstantial but compelling. Despite its current appearance, the original structure was similar in design to the 1707 Rittenhouse Homestead located on the south bank of the Monoshone Creek. Both buildings reflect the older building traditions of the first generations of German immigrants. Located close to the mill site and other early structures, the decision to build the Abraham Rittenhouse Home within 50 yards of the mill site would have been in keeping with the century’s old European tradition of integrating public and private space.
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