Andreas Hagenbuch Acquires Land in Berks County

Hagenbuch Blue Mountains Pennsylvania Allemengle
Looking towards the Blue Mountains in Albany Township, Berks County (the Allemengle).

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Diane Klopp says:

    Allemangle means “all wants” meaning the land has “all that a man could want” such as in fertile soil.

  2. Avatar Ron says:

    I live on the site of this land, and it is extremely rocky. Pioneer settlers probably spent a few decades spreading manuer and whatever to eventually make it a decent farm area, but I never knew any farmers here who made decent money farming this land. Albany and such really does refere to a very needy / rocky soil.

  3. Avatar Richard Schmoyer says:

    It was not about making money in 1738. The settlers were fleeing religious oppression in their their homeland following the Edict at Nantes. These Germanic folks,however also ,recognized natural beauty and wanted to minimize “heimweh” or home sickness.sot they were attracted to areas that were reminiscent of parts of Switzerland, Alsace and the German Palatinate.The Allemangel is reminiscent of these regions to this very day.

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