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When i first moved to Central Pennsylvania and was able to get settled in , i started looking around for a service  dealership for my Ford Mustang. So after just riding around and finding this really beautiful  and scenic road called 419 in Lebanon county is how i stumbled on this ford dealership. In fact route 419 is a designated Pennsylvania state scenic byway according to the US government, and seems a somewhat UN-likely place for a car dealer among pretty farmland and Amish buggies going by. In fact when i was there for service while standing outside  i saw 2 buggies go right past me, so its that kind of location most would love to have a home built on. Since this family run business was started in 1921,   going inside is kind of like stepping into a museum with old images abounding on most of the walls. In addition to selling cars when the business first started, they also sold Ford tractor’s until the early part of the 1970s. Keller Ford is now celebrating 90 years in business so its really nice still seeing a real family owning a car dealership instead a giant mega-company that is so very common these days. All of the images from the country side were taken on the same day as  the dealership pictures were. Enjoy the recipe from the Henry Ford museum that i was able to find. Richard from Amish Stories.
Note : I received no compensation for this post


Keller Bros. first opened its doors in 1921 on the front lawn of Mark Keller’s family home in Buffalo Springs, Lebanon County. It was an exciting time of ingenuity, invention and adventure when it came to the automobile. An era of depression and war did not still the beating hearts of those who had vision and were fascinated and intrigued by the automobile. With the help of Mark Keller’s brothers in 1921 they opened their garage and soon found themselves looking for additional space. In 1930 a new Ford facility was constructed where it remains today as Keller Bros. Motor Company in Buffalo Springs, Lebanon County.(From the Keller ford web site)

A relic from this dealerships past

Service dept building
Parts dept with pictures of the past on the walls
Old Keller Ford parts truck
Classic Ford tractor being delivered
Leonard a Part time tractor salesman who was a nice guy as we both hanged out in his office and told me about Keller’s history. He lives in Lebanon county and resides in a farm house built in the late 1800s.

gas pumps from days long ago

Leonard showing me the latest product from Kubota
The farmland across the street now has a home or two, but still very much retains its country


customer coffee bar

A car lovers paradise
Trolley car in Lebanon county from the good old days.

Building cost for Keller Ford in 1930. A drop in the bucket compared to today’s prices.


Dealership convention from 1949
Keller ford show room from the 1930s

My baby with a classic ford tractor, hey what can i say i love my Mustang!
One of the many companies that Lebanon county farmer’s sell their products to.
I love these stone farm houses. Right near the Ford dealership

A farm right next to Keller Ford
Mennonite and Amish folks abound  very close to  this dealerships location

Beautiful Lebanon county farmland takes center stage around this dealership

And especially in this day and age, anything being around for 90 years is a huge accomplishment and the fact that its family owned helps make it that much special.

(Image from a Ford factory from the 1930s)Greenfield Village Hobo Bread. From the Henry Ford Museum.

2 cups raisins           
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar   
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon
vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups walnuts
4 cups all-purpose flour
Pour boiling water over raisins; let cool. Stir in soda and other ingredients. Fill 6 or 7 greased and floured large soup cans to half full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to an hour. Cool and remove from cans.

Makes 6 or 7 large loaves or 24 servings.

 Recipe posted with permission from recipe goldmine.  Richard from Amish Stories.

Recipe of the week this Monday on Amish Stories.

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