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Spring House

Monongahela

Spring House

Woman with pie at the Springhouse

Location Details

PHONE: 724-228-3339
ADDRESS: 1531 SR136 & SR519
Eighty Four, PA 15330
HOURS: Summer: M-Sat 9-9; Sun noon-9; Winter: Mon-Sat 9-7 Sun noon-7

Description

It’s the classic story of girl meets boy, girl marries boy, girl and boy live happily ever after, raising their five children and lots of cows.

Bev and Sam Minor met at a livestock fair. She was showing off her Jerseys, he was strutting his Holsteins. It was love at first moo. After tying the knot and starting a family, the Minors wanted to get back to basics. So, about 27 years ago, they set up a produce stand along Route 136 and encouraged their children to pitch in. The stand and the Minor kids — Marcia, Kristen (Tee), Jody, Jill, and Sam — became a favorite local roadside attraction. But Bev and Sam shared a dream of owning more cows and more processing equipment and building a brand-new, old-fashioned country store.

In 1975, the Spring House — with 80 acres, 35 cows, and the help of friends and family — was born. The first day, the Minors sold 17 gallons of milk. Now they pasteurize and homogenize 2,000 gallons a week. But that’s not all that’s grown. These days, the Spring House encompasses 420 acres, 200 cows, 60 full- and part-time workers, a 75-seat sunroom, outdoor picnic tables, a hot buffet, homemade baked goods, fresh produce, and cheeses.

Through the years, Bev and Sam’s children have expanded their roles in the business as well. Marcia runs the store with her mom, Jill has taken charge of catering, Sam works the farm with his dad, and Sam’s wife, Marsha, handles the books. (Tee and Jody live in the Washington, DC area.) “We love sharing our farm with anyone who wants to learn about milking cows, feeding calves, and processing milk,” Marcia says. Each year, some 4,000 people take advantage of the Spring House’s open-door policy.

In addition to its agricultural roots, the farm is grounded in Washington County’s coal-mining past. The property’s original farmhouse, built in 1802, stands as a visible reminder. As a consequence of a mine existing under its foundation, one side of the structure is 12 inches shorter than the other. Although the Minors are looking into restoring the house, for the moment, it’s simply part of the scenery. “The farm is just so beautiful,” Marcia says, “so Pennsylvania.”

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