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     Whenever I visit the Spring-House it reminds of Sunday dinners at Grandma's house and brings back memories of a small farm at the end of the road, where I spent many days at play as a child. When we needed to get refreshed from busy days of exploring farm and swinging from the hayloftthe farm, we would head straight for the old spring-house to a get cold drink. I distinctly recall the crooked old brick building, usually surrounded by bees, where cold spring water ran into an old porcelain tub. The Spring-House in Eight-Four, PA is a working family owned farm, creamery, country gift shop, bakery and deli. Located just 10 minutes from the W&J campus, the Spring-House has plenty to offer from bonfire hayrides in October to a Valentines Valentine's dinner in February. The Spring-House is situated on a 420 acre working farm started by the Minor family in 1975 and it's a great place to bring your family and friends. Just like the iconic old spring-house from my youth, everything about the Spring-House is purely wholesome and refreshing.

     When you step into the family run restaurant and store, you'll be taken to a simpler time in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Antiques and crafts adorn the rustic walls. An old fashioned Coca-Cola cooler holds farm fresh, ice cold chocolate milk and other bottled beverages. Simple wooden table and chairs fill the restaurant and adjoining sun-porch adding to the welcoming country ambiance. You can purchase locally made pottery, candles and crafts along with a huge array of goodies to make the perfect gift. On warm days guests can sit along the expansive wooden plank front porch while enjoying their cool ice cream treats. As I sit talking to Marcia Opp, one of Sam and Bev's Minor's five children and manager of the country store, I can feel the pride and joy she holds for the 35 year old family business. "We milk the cows right here, it doesn't get any fresher than that" says, Marcia.