Country Gift & Garden Shoppe
1540 Alleghenyville Road, Mohnton, PA 19540
HISTORY of the Property and Family
Martin Althouse and wife, Nora Althouse purchased the barn and property with the intention of raising their children there. Marty jockeyed cows
out of the barn stalls. He bought young calves and raised them until they could be sold. His family joined in, as was expected in those days, to
farm the land. Hay was stacked to the roof in the upper level of the barn to provide food for the livestock. Eventually, Marty grew a business he
loved, construction. As his children grew and went away to serve our country and start new families, the farming slowly ended. Five of his
children built homes on the property and live there to this day. Some of his grandchildren have also built and live on the property that is now
divided among his descendents
BUSINESS NAME AND HISTORY:
One section of the property that was used for farmland was named 'Cobblestone Hills' by Marty. This was due to the number of cobblestones in the
soils of this area. A good portion of that part of the property was bought by Marty's youngest son, Charles (Debbie's father), and planted with
Christmas trees. Christmas trees have been grown on this property for over 40 years with the help of Charles' wife, Martha. Christmas trees were
sold in front of the barn 50 years ago. After Charles built his home on Witmer Road, he began to sell the trees in his front yard. He and his wife built
up the tree business into a well established business with customers returning generation after generation. Debbie has been well involved with all
aspects the tree nursery. Charles' named his Nursery originally 'Cobblestone Acres'. This name dissolved and became 'Althouse Nursery'. Althouse
Nursery is still operating. 'Cobblestone Farms' serves to combine all the history of the Althouse properties.
As you have read, growing up in this area was pretty special in having so much family around. I have always been involved in one way or another
with the trees. This led to my interest in landscaping. I earned an Associate Degree in Landscape Design from Temple University. I've worked in
various greenhouses and nurseries gathering experience from a number of different positions. After starting my own family, I started my own
business of landscaping and maintenance. I discontinued design and consult in 2013 due to time constraints. My design experience is also used as
a professional floral designer. I will do wedding and special occasion fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are done only for those special events and I limit
those to only a few times a year. I have always been involved with some type of craft or painting. I started a small candle business and still hand
pour a line of candles. Slate painting has become a pleasurable craft. At times, you may find me behind the counter, painting slates or ceramics. I
have kept up with the tree business by attending Christmas Tree Management seminars and courses.
The opportunity to purchase the barn from my Uncle was presented to me and within a short time my dream has come true of owning a shop. With
my wide knowledge of the gift business as well as the landscape field, I believe I can offer my customers plenty to satisfy a number of needs.
The Gift Shoppe will be open seasonally to provide for those needing quick and different gifts as well as those just looking for something special for
themselves. The Garden Shoppe will contain a large assortment of garden ornaments and decor. Christmas spreads throughout the whole barn as
The shop is closed January, February,July and August so I can work in the tree fields.
I welcome all and would love to talk with you about your needs.
Blessings to all,