For the past 60 years Stolzhafen Farm in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, has been managed as a wildlife habitat for game birds. The owner, my father, bred a series of championship German Shorthaired Pointers and trained them on the farm. He died recently at the age of 95 and the land must be sold.
The farm is 500 surveyed acres, 200 crop land and 300 forest. It is rugged and well suited to horse and dog training, trail riding, and hunting. There are many year-round springs, three shale pits that we have used for target practice, a small stream, potential pond sites, two sections of marshy land, and a leveled area that had previously been a riding ring. Built structures include a large wooden banked barn, a cement horse barn, and some large and small outbuildings. There is no modern house on the property but there are two small houses for farm staff.
Mifflin County is primarily agricultural. In the 1950s Stolzhafen Farm was a working dairy farm but since then resident farmers have raised a few steers, planted corn and wheat for animal feed, made horse hay, and planted stands of mixed grains for bird food and cover. No chemicals have been used for over a decade and the farm is noted for the number of bobwhite quail it supports. Until 10 years ago it was stocked annually with pheasants. There are deer and turkeys, and, if the weather is good, morels in the spring.
The property is well suited to be a training site, gun club, working agriculture venture, or private retreat for one or more families. You can choose a secluded or open site to build your home. My father and his wife recently built a large geothermal house adjacent to this property. That house might also be available but would be a separate transaction.