Price Reduction
3985 Locust Grove Road Columbia, PA
$ 429,900
Property Attributes
  • MLS#PALA171370
  • TypeSingle Family
  • CityColumbia
  • AreaWest Hempfield Twp
  • NeighborhoodWEST HEMPFIELD
  • Zip17512
  • StyleFarmhouse/National Folk,Colonial
  • Year Built1804
  • Taxes6206
  • Price$ 429,900
  • Bedrooms4
  • Full Bathrooms2
  • Half Bathrooms1
  • Sqr Footage4125
  • Lot Size1.17 Acres
Listing Provided Courtesy Of:
RE/MAX SmartHub Realty
Property Description

The property at 3985 Locust Grove Road in West Hempfield Township, between Columbia and Mountville, can be traced to William Penn. Penn gave land grants to the Kehler and Forry families and they settled in the area and began to develop the land. John Forry took up the land that would eventually feature the Locust Grove Inn as early as 1730. A few years after the completion of the Lancaster and Susquehanna turnpike, around 1803, John Forry Jr. built a large, two-story brick tavern one and a half miles east of Columbia on the south side of the turnpike. The road today is known as Lincoln Highway (Route 462). Isaac Vaughen, from an old and respectable family in Chester County, moved into the building just before it was completed. He remained two years before moving to Columbia. Vaughen was succeeded by Joshua Kehler, who had been keeping another tavern on the Susquehanna River. Kehler successfully cultivated a farm on the plot, and raised cattle. He conducted the Locust Grove Inn in the building and kept it for 45 years. It was an era when people rode stagecoaches or horses - or walked. Soon, the inn became a ?mecca? for travelers, according to a 1954 Columbia News article. The property predated the Union Stock Yards in Lancaster and it became an important rendezvous for cattle drovers. For lack of any other means of transportation, cattle were driven over the highway and humans and cattle alike found the inn a welcome overnight stopping place. Joshua Kehler married Anna Neff of West Hempfield, a descendent of Francis Neff, the earliest American progenitor of the family, who emigrated from Switzerland in 1717 because of religious prosecution. Kehler was a Mennonite, his wife a member of the German Reformed Church. The Kehlers had five daughters and one son, Henry. Henry N. Kehler was born in the inn/home in 1821 and lived his entire life there. Henry Kehler took over the 140-acre farm, reportedly one of the best farms in the county. He converted the inn into ?one of the finest private residences in the county,? according to Ellis and Evans' History of Lancaster County. The original Kehler homestead was a distance north of the inn. It was a stone house on a plot of land on the north side of what is now the Lincoln Highway. It became a tenant house on the Kehler estate when the Kehlers closed the inn and moved into it as their living quarters. Kehler was a director in the First National Bank of Columbia for more than three decades. People looked up to him due to his intelligence, sound judgment and business integrity. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Prior to the Civil War, he was a Democrat, but switched to Republican. Generations passed the portals of the Kehler home at Locust Grove, regarding it as part of the terrain. A large K (for Kehler) is made from different-colored stone in the jagged rock wall at the corner of Locust Grove Road and Route 462. Through the years, the former inn building saw the advent and decline of the trolley, the installation of bus service, and the rise of the automobile...Read More @

Middle School High School
Hempfield Middle School Hempfield High School
Price History
10/6/2020 Listed $478,000
1/22/2021 11% - $429,900

General Features

Above Grade Unfin Sqft 800
Acceptable Financing Cash, Conventional, VA
Accessibility 2+ Access Exits
Architectural Style Farmhouse/National Folk, Colonial
Association Y/N No
Condo/Coop Association Y/N No
Construction Materials Brick, Masonry
Cool Fuel Electric
Cooling Central A/C
Days on Market 111
Electric 200+ Amp Service
Flooring Hardwood, Carpet, Vinyl
Garage Spaces 2.00
Garage Y/N Yes
Heating Baseboard - Electric, Forced Air, Heat Pump(s)
High School District HEMPFIELD
Interior Features Additional Stairway, Floor Plan - Traditional, Formal/Separate Dining Room, Kitchen - Table Space, Wood Floors
Levels 3
MLS Area West Hempfield Twp (10530)
Middle/Junior High School HEMPFIELD
New Construction No
Other Structures Above Grade, Below Grade
Ownership Fee Simple
Parking Features Paved Driveway
Possession Settlement
Price Per Sq Ft 104.22
Property Type Residential
PropertyCondition Average, Good
Real Estate Owned Y/N No
Roof Architectural Shingle, Metal
Senior Community Y/N No
Sewer Public Sewer
Structure Type Detached
Subdivision Name WEST HEMPFIELD
Tax Annual Amount 6206.0
Tax Year 2021
Vacation Rental Y/N No
Water Access Y/N No

Interior Features

Above Grade Finished Area 4125
Above Grade Finished Area Source Assessor
Above Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Above Grade Unfin Area Units Square Feet
Above Grade Unfin Sqft Source Estimated
Basement Dirt Floor, Unfinished, Outside Entrance
Basement Y/N Yes
Bathrooms Count All Upper Levels 2
Bathrooms Count Lower Level 1 0.00
Bathrooms Count Main Level 1.00
Bathrooms Count Upper Level 1 2.00
Bathrooms Full All Upper Levels 2
Bathrooms Full Upper Level 1 2
Bathrooms Half Main Level 1
Bedrooms Count All Upper Levels 4
Bedrooms Count Upper Level 1 4
Below Grade Finished Area Source Estimated
Below Grade Finished Area Unit Type Square Feet
Below Grade Unfin Area Units Square Feet
Below Grade Unfin Sqft Source Assessor
Central Air Y/N Yes
Fireplace Features Wood
Fireplace Y/N Yes
Full Baths 2
Half Baths 1
Heating Fuel Electric
Heating Y/N Yes
Hot Water Electric, Propane
Laundry Type Main Floor, Hookup
Living Area 4125
Room Type Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Bedroom 4, Kitchen, Family Room, Basement, Bedroom 1, Full Bath
Total Baths 3
Total Bedrooms 4
Total Fireplaces 5

Exterior Features

# Of Attached Garage Spaces 2
Fencing Masonry/Stone
Foundation Details Stone
Garage Features Garage - Side Entry
Lot Features Cleared, Corner, Rear Yard
Lot Size Acres 1.17
Lot Size Source Assessor
Lot Size Square Feet 50965.00
Navigable Water Y/N No
Pool Y/N No Pool
Total Parking Spaces 7
Type of Parking Driveway, Attached Garage
Water Oriented Y/N No
Water Source Public
Water View Y/N No
Waterfront Y/N No

Room Details

Room Dimensions Level Flooring Details
Basement Lower 1
Bedroom 1 Upper 1 Fireplace - Other,Flooring - HardWood
Bedroom 2 Upper 1 Fireplace - Other,Flooring - HardWood
Bedroom 3 Upper 1 Flooring - HardWood
Bedroom 4 Upper 1 Flooring - HardWood
Dining Room Main Flooring - HardWood,Fireplace - Wood Burning
Family Room Main Fireplace - Wood Burning,Flooring - HardWood
Full Bath Upper 1
Full Bath Upper 1
Kitchen Main Flooring - Vinyl
Living Room Main Flooring - HardWood,Fireplace - Wood Burning


  • Foreclosure
  • Views
  • Short Sale
  • New Construction
  • Adult 55+
  • Lease To Own
  • No HOA Fees
  • Furnished
  • Master On Main
  • Air Conditioning
  • Seller Finance
  • Green
  • Fixer Upper
  • Horse
  • Golf
  • Fireplace
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Pool

Property vs Zip Code Average in 17512

AVG $320K
AVG $6,163
AVG 141
Year Built
AVG 1876
AVG 48
Data Provided by Walkscore ® not using MLS data

Looking for a more comfortable experience?

Download our mobile app for a personalized browsing experience.