RGS client, David Z. Abel, shares Lancaster County’s rich agricultural heritage by relocating and assembling historic farmstead structures on his 97-acre West Donegal Township property known as Ironstone Ranch. In accordance with the RGS Master Plan, phased site development will occur under new zoning ordinance provisions of the township’s Rural Heritage Meeting Center, Riding Stables, and Riding Clubs overlay zone.
Combined with Mr. Abel’s previously salvaged buildings, Ironstone Ranch will soon include the iconic Star Barn and its outbuildings relocated from Dauphin County and adaptively reused as a new events venue for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions. RGS has carefully sited these structures among existing landscape features, new parking areas, a farm pond, access lane, and a pathway system to link present and future site amenities. Following reconstruction of the Star Barn, Mr. Abel intends to also restore and adaptively re-use the large Belmont Farm barn recently relocated from Lancaster County’s Manheim Township.