Destroyed by a fire in October, Ridge Star Farm in East Vincent Township has been rebuilt, with most of the cows back on the farm and producing milk, writes Holly Herman for the Reading Eagle.
James Miller could not hide his joy that the 1842 structure is once again standing proudly.
“All of our cows are safe,” he said. “I am so happy they are back.”
When the fire broke out at Miller’s family farm, nearby contractors immediately began transporting the cows to other farms. According to state police, the fire was caused by an electrical problem in the barn’s milk compressor, and it completely destroyed the barn’s roof and a stone wall.
The decision to rebuild the farmhouse was not easy, as the initial estimate was around $1 million at a time when milk prices went down. According to Miller, though, 28 of the displaced cows are now back, and he has purchased additional 28.
The farm was rebuilt by White Horse Construction of Parkesburg. Once work was complete, it placed two date stones, one marking the original build year of 1842 and the other for the 2017 renovation.
Read more about Ridge Star Farm’s resurrection in the Reading Eagle here.