On July 30, 1744 a John Galbraith (1714-1768) received a patent for 440+ acres of land in Donegal Township, Lancaster County, PA from the Penn Family. He and his wife Dorcas subsequently sold it to a James Galbraith (1703-1786) and his wife Elizabeth.
Starting with John, this property saw a series of owners whose enterprise mirrored the development of our nation, from the earliest days well into the 20th Century, from fur trading, to farming, to manufacturing. At some point in time, the western most portion of the tract became known as Locust Grove. As early as 1767 the property included “dwelling houses, barns, a hop kiln, good meadow and orchard”.
By 1798, the property included a grist mill, saw mill, distillery and two story stone house. Some historians believe that the Galbraith’s may have erected the original part of the house, which today is known as the Haldeman Mansion. The mansion sits on a rise overlooking the mouth of Conoy Creek, where it enters in to the Susquehanna River in northwest Lancaster County.
The Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society is reaching out to the descendents of all early owners of this historically significant property to seek, share and preserve relevant information. If you are researching the Galbraith surname and believe your ancestors may have Locust Grove ties, please visit our website at www.haldeman-mansion.org
. Be sure to checkout the “Locust Grove Timeline” for additional information on the Galbraith families.
We would be pleased to hear from you, to share information with you and have your support in preserving the historic accounts of this unique property.