c. 1800 – Burnt Cabins, PA

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34001 Great Cove Rd, Burnt Cabins, PA 17215

  • $57,500
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3000 Sq Ft
  • 1.3 Ac.
Historic stone house in Burnt Cabins. The Old Dubbs Tavern. Hand dug well and original 2 seater outhouse. Large black walnut trees and a year round stream. Public sewer available. Beautiful stone work. 3 fireplaces, amazing history with two story horse barn in very good condition. House needs heat. House needs to be wired and plumbed for the addition of a kitchen and bathroom.
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David Moore, RE/MAX,
(717) 328-9100

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18 Comments on c. 1800 – Burnt Cabins, PA

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  1. gail says: 93 comments

    Holy Smokes a lot of work and money…not for me…but this would probably be wonderful all done

  2. Barreleh says: 36 comments

    It would be an enormous undertaking to make this place truly habitable, but how cool would it be to tell people you’re from Burnt Cabins, PA ??

  3. Brandy Mulvaine says: 56 comments

    Look at those thick walls! Love the rusticness (is that a word?) Of this place, Pennsylvania is beautiful. If I could uproot my family and move hubby’s job I’d take it in a heartbeat. Maybe wait until summer though. No plumbing I can deal with, but no heat…I can’t go that primitive ?

  4. JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
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    The Burnt Cabins grist mill and the small hamlet around it are listed on the NRHP. The place gets its name from a colonial incident when the cabins of white settlers were destroyed by officials around 1750 because they were squatting on Indian land. A new settlement developed later which included a grist mill built by Frederick Dubbs (1761-1850). Tubbs is thought to have built this building around 1800 for use as a tavern, and it was operated by his son Lewis Dubbs (1818-1903) until about 1880.
    The building appears to need quite a bit of work, but at least there aren’t many modern upgrades to remove.

    • JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Sorry, the name is Dubbs, but often written Tubbs, Dups, Tobs, etc in early records. The family originally came from Switzerland in 1736.

  5. Gigi Regnier says: 39 comments

    A 2 seater outhouse?! Nothing says, “family”, quite like sharing an outhouse with your sister. Been there, done that, and not planning on sharing in the future! Otherwise love the rocks, the history, and that well.

  6. Bethany Otto says: 3431 comments

    What amazing potential! I can visualize this totally restored and made comfortable by someone with deep pockets; hope that person comes forward soon!

  7. Dana Riley says: 30 comments

    This house must have been wonderful in its day….a lot of work would bring it back. Id love to, but that township/town is less than 500 population, so I don’t think I can handle that lol. but Good luck to the buyers!

  8. Lottie says: 355 comments

    Truly a wonderful project. It could be a beautiful rock home. I hope lovers of history finish out the restoration and add a kitchen and bathroom. I would donate the original outhouse (217 years old?) to a museum if it were mine.

  9. Elisa Yager says: 25 comments

    At just over an hour northwest of Gettysburg, PA this is very tempting…until you get to the fact that there’s no heat and no bathroom. I can rough it with the best of them but not INSIDE a house! I hope this home finds some buyers with deep pockets. It sure could be beautiful and I, too, am a sucker for an old “stoney.”

  10. MazamaGrammy says: 341 comments

    I think this place could be restored and provided with modern amenities at not too steep a cost. Would be a lovely summer retreat.

  11. LisaLou says: 1 comments

    I see electric is on. There are electric heaters. you would not have to heat the whole house, only what rooms you would live in. Plus the fireplaces, it would be doable. And bathrooms, well there is the outhouse, until you get 1 bathroom going! 30 years ago, that would have been an adventure I could have taken on.

  12. abevy` says: 310 comments

    I agree. I think it could be done easier than most are thinking. If you want it and see the future. It can be done. Get a wood stove. I love wood heat and it seems warmer than electric or propane. Bathrooms don’t have to me thousands as TV shows. It has access to public sewers. If you were handy This could be a good project–not a burden.

  13. Stephanie Fix says: 3 comments

    I am related to the Dubbs family who owned the property. My mother is a Dubbs. We have been to the house.

    Hi Jim, wondering if you are a historian and where your knowledge comes from? Thank you!

    • JimHJimH says: 5104 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Hi Stephanie! I’m just an amateur who’s been doing house research and genealogy for a long time, with college courses in architecture and history.
      It’s interesting when you read local history that gives the name of a man like Frederick Dubbs. Then you try to identify him, and find a half dozen guys with that name in the neighborhood! (I also have a bunch of colonial German ancestors, but mine are mostly from New York state.)

  14. Stephanie Fix says: 3 comments

    Hi Jim, Are you from PA? You mention multiple names of Frederick Dubbs. So you think this Frederick Dubbs is the same person or there were that many Frederick Dubbs?

  15. Stephanie Fix says: 3 comments

    Also the Dubbs that built the grist mill were related to the Dubbs that owned the Dubbs Mansion. Also related to those buried in the Dubbs cementary. Also related to the Dubbs who was the original owner of the Agape farm in Shirleysburg and my great grandfather who built it, S.R. Dubbs.

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