The gently undulating pasturage that makes up the 53-acre farm has a provenance that goes back more than two centuries. According to owners Robert and Jeannine Magruda, the farm was established 200 years ago by Abraham Clark, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War figure. One of the four homes on the property is a log house dating to the early days of the nation. The Magrudas remodeled and lived in it when they first acquired the farm.
The Magrudas have loved the location, noting that it is completely surrounded by forest. “It's very private,” Jeannine said. “I like the open space. We will miss it,” Robert added.
When asked why the property is being placed on the market, Robert said simply, “Old age. It's getting harder for me to take care of the place.”
The Magrudas built the new home on the property in 1986 and have updated it in recent years, remodeling the kitchen and one bathroom. All new appliances, carpeting and plumbing were included in the remodel. The three-bedroom home, which has a living room, dining room, wood-burning fireplace and two full baths, is covered in a caramel colored log siding, which blends in to the landscape.
Another major feature is there are three other living units on the farm: two mobile homes and the log house, which is hidden beneath siding, all of which are leased.
“You couldn't ask for better tenants. I have never had any problems with them,” Robert said. He added the rents paid “take care of the upkeep and taxes so I have little to pay out of pocket.”
There is gas on the property, which Magruda uses to heat all four homes. He had a gas lease with the Pennoco Oil Co.. that developed the gas wells continue to pay royalties. “Our tenants have free gas, free water (from three wells on site) and free garbage disposal.” Robert also fuels one of his trucks with natural gas.
There are several outbuildings, one of which is a completely equipped garage that Robert used for rebuilding and selling farm tractors. However, none of the machinery or household furnishings will be included in the sale. “We plan to have an auction for those things,” Jeannine said.
“All the mineral rights go with the property. We were tested for Marcellus Shale gas. The new owner can decide what he wants to do about that,” Robert said.
Calling it a “perfect gentleman's farm and tax shelter,” Robert noted some of the other features and history of the land.
When restoring the log house, the Magrudas put on a new roof and guttering, insulated with a value of R-20, redid the electrical wiring, installed drywall, a new bathroom and fixtures, new flooring in the kitchen and bath and new vents in the attic.
“The barn is antique and was built during the Civil War era. It was built from American Chestnut logs. It's suitable for conversion to a unique dwelling. The stones from the farm can be used for building projects. There is excellent hunting. Wildlife includes deer, wild turkey, pheasants, grouse, squirrels and rabbits. It is located in the Frazier School District and thd distance to the nearest town is three miles (Perryopolis). It is 16 miles from Uniontown and 30 to 35 miles south of Pittsburgh, via Route 51.”