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BLILEY HOMESTEAD AND FARM PHOTO ALBUM

Harbor Creek Township, Near Wesleyville,
Erie County, Pennsylvania

 CONTENTS:

  Illustrations from 1876 Erie County Atlas

  Contemporary Photos


ATLAS TITLE PAGE

The two illustrations below came from the Erie County Pennsylvania Atlas of 1876. The title page is show to the right.

The building is the Erie County Court House on West 6th Street in Erie. The building is still actively used by the county as a court house, however it has been more than doubled in size.

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Atlas Cover

ENGRAVING FROM ATLAS

The engraving shows the farm house, barns and field across the street. The house was built in 1875 just one year before the book was published. The farm land was purchased in 1865 for $7731. The atlas has many such illustrations, most of the homeowners paid for the engraving and to have it included in the book.

The engraving to the right fills one half of a page. Charles Bliley certainly had something to be proud of. The building is still completely intact today!

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Engraving of Farm


MAP DETAIL FROM ATLAS

The atlas has 80 pages of maps and illustrations like the one to the right. The book's of approximate size of 15" x 18" provided plenty of space for detailed information. All material was printed in black and white. I have added color to the illustration to make locating the farm easier.

To the North to the property is the village of Wesleyville. Millcreek Township and the City of Erie are located out of view to the left of the map's border.

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Map Detail


PHOTOS OF THE FARMHOUSE IN MARCH OF 1999

These photos were taken in March 1999. The home is at 3767 (Colt's) Station Road, Wesleyville, PA. It is just a mile north on Station Road from the Pennsylvania State University''s Behrend Campus at Interstate 90.

Two of the smaller barns to the left of the house stand in good condition to the left of this view. The rear of the house has been extended to include a multiple-car garage and storage space. I guess the two barns are not enough for all of the owner's junk! The balance of the farm's 116 acres have been sub-divided into residential usage. No farming is done on the property today.

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Front Door of House
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Driveway and Side of House
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FARMHOUSE CLOCK

One of the things carried from home to home was the household clock. The photo on the right is the clock that was made in 1855 and purchased by Charles A. Bliley for the farm in 1858. It is a "beehive" style with 12 hour alarm function used commonly to time major cooking activities such as oven baked items.

The picture on the front is of George Washington's Mount Vernon home on the Potomac. Unfortunately, the house's image was scraped off the glass by one of my generation in the early 1950's. Otherwise, the clock in is fine condition and marking the hours in my home in Rochester, New York.

It was manufactured by the E.C. Brewster & Son Company of Bristol, Connecticut.

I am the fourth generation to own the clock and the second Charles Bliley to take care of it. It sits proudly in my living room.

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1855 Clock Photo

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