The History of the Harvest
Moon Bed and Breakfast is a short one. We
just opened this house up as an Inn durring
April of 2002, however, the house itself
is full of powerful history dating back
to the turn of the century. The original
owners of the house were the Rancks who
finished building the house back in 1909.
A house built on the north side of the street
on a slope to capture the cool breezes.
This is where the well to do built their
houses during the turn of the century. With
fixtures such as transoms, stained glass
windows and period hardware throughout the
house, one can see the meticulousness ever
so carefully planned.
John and Elizabeth (Sheaffer) Ranck were
prominent people in the town of New
Holland, PA who held great stature.
John owned and farmed the land in the southeastern
district of New Holland behind what is now
Yoders Market. He eventually sold the land,
which New Holland Concrete now uses. When
John passed away in 1938, he bequeathed
five thousand dollars to the Rancks United
Brethren Church for the erection of a new
building. His daughter and three nephews
were to decide on the plans for the new
Elizabeth Ranck passed away in June of
1946. She was eighty-four years old at the
time of her passing. She was a member of
the Trinity Lutheran Church here in town
and a charter member of the Loyal Workers
of Kings Daughters. She passed all on to
her daughter Marjorie Ranck.
Marjorie Ranck was born March 1, 1887.
She lived here in New Holland for quite
some time during the beginning of her life.
She was a primary school teacher in the
town of Blue Ball during the beginning of
the century, (we have a picture of her and
her students). Neighbors tell of stories
of how the house was used for social events
during the first half of the 1900's. Weddings
would be held here in the living room and
on the grounds.
Marjorie eventually married Mr. I Z. Musselman,
one of the brothers of the Musselman's applesauce
claim. At that point her niece took over
the house. In 1963, when Mr. Musselman passed
away, Marjorie moved back into the house
and had the addition added on for her. Period
fixtures reminiscent to the start of the
sixties still adorn the room. Marjorie passed
on in 1974 at the age of 85.
The house has had other owners
and tenants in its 95 years, however the
Rancks hold the most history. Neighbors,
pass tenants and so on are still coming
by to tell of stories of the Ranck house.
Just recently, we had two ladies (sisters)
here whose parents rented the house back
in the fifties. They can recall running
up and down the stairs to see who would
We hope that the grand feel of the House
has been recaptured in recent years. Our
endeavor to turn it into a premier Pennsylvania
lodging facility was surely one that we
felt would not interfere with the historic
integrity and rich history of the house.
We hope you enjoy our endeavors.