Moving into a 230 year old home is quite a commitment and adventure. Follow me and my wife as we decipher the history and renovate/restore an old house and its associated outbuildings. Don’t expect Bob Vila or expert contractors. We are just ordinary folks, with ordinary dreams of living in a historic home. Welcome to the Neebor Lee House.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Lorita says:

    So much history… Looking forward to seeing the new/ongoing renovations and hearing more of the history. GREAT IDEA!


  2. Diane says:

    Great idea…looking forward to following you on this adventure!


  3. Amy says:

    I found your blog while doing some genealogical search, however we just bought a 200 year old house in NE Pennsylvania…boy can I appreciate your stories! Especially the home owner insurance!


  4. chip stephenson says:

    hello, my name is chip stephenson and i am working on a home that was built in 1731 outside of west chester, pa. the house had an addition added in 1931 that matches the original home to a tee. we are adding on to the 1931 portion of the house and while cutting into the roof section we came across a board with some of the names of the builders written on it. one of the names at the top of the list was george horning. i googled his name and came up with your place. he was from bridgeport, pa. and another name was thomas o’neil from norristown, pa. i think they might be some of the people or relatives of the people that did your house! my e-mail is wa3sxv@gmail.com . let me know what you think


    1. Chip:
      I found a George Horning of Bridgeport, Montgomery Co., PA on Ancestry.com. He was born in 1910 and died in 1982. If I traced his family tree back correctly, then he may very well be a descendant of John Horning, who was Peter Horning’s younger brother. So, yes, George Horning may be related to Peter Horning, who built my house in 1785.


  5. Hi, I’m from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and I am doing research on the Horning family which connects right to Peter and Ludwig Horning. I’m doing the research for the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. If you could get in contact with me, that would be great!

    Thank You.


  6. Barry Rauhauser says:

    Hey Peter,

    Our archivist was going through some collections and found something you might be interested in, if you haven’t already come across it before in your research.

    She found an application for your house to be on the Pennsylvania Register of Historic Homes. The application dates to 1969 and includes many original photographs of the home in 1969 and lots of good history about the house!

    So, if you haven’t seen this before, you really do need to see it! I’ll have it setting aside for you, but let me know when you’ll be in so that I can let someone at the research desk know in case I am unavailable!


    Barry Rauhauser,
    Historical Society of Montgomery County


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