risk that an earlier fire or rainstorm has not damaged the romance of their historic façade or stone dwelling.
However, these historic early American homes in the East Penn Valley are among the best vintage architecture in our Republic pioneered by dedicated Patriots who ventured everything they had to make a new start in the New World. That is why when we look at the restored Seigel home on West Main Street, everyone feels the historic importance that he has achieved by diligently sharing his home’s heritage with the public. But with so many log structures in a Christian community such as Kutztown, folklorists and historians will look for traditional “Seelen Fensters” or soul windows, which were openings, cut in the log walls located in the downstairs bedrooms or Kammer in Dialect where older individuals approaching death slept. The folklore behind soul windows is that upon death, the log block was removed so the soul of the departed may escape through the soul opening and ascend to Heaven. George Kutz, founder of Kutztown being Swiss, as well as many other PA Dutch area residents made this a prevalent Swiss religious practice taken seriously by our forefathers.