It was July 1 of 1863 when the Bigham family, frightened by the cannon fire on the nearby battlefield in Gettysburg, abandoned their farm and fled for safety. They returned later to discover their farmhouse was requisitioned by the Confederate army and used as a field hospital. They rebuilt the family business and shared their story with future generations. While the story lived on, the home and barn fell into disrepair – until Laurey and Gary Schroeder purchased the farm and launched a restoration effort using Andersen windows to bring the house back to its original state.
Interest in the Bigham farm revived when Hollywood came calling to film parts of the 1993 movie Gettysburg and used the barn as a backdrop for some of the scenes. While the barn underwent some renovations for the filming, the farmhouse languished as a rental property until recently when the Schroeders engaged Fox Restoration and Remodeling, LLC to bring the building as close to its original condition as possible. The original windows were long gone, and vinyl replacement windows had been installed in their place.
Fox Restoration brought in supplier John H. Myers & Son to quote the windows. Rick Snider, the Myers representative, knew the Andersen 400 Series Woodwright insert window would be the ideal solution. The homeowners didn’t want to disturb the original woodwork still inside the farmhouse, and wanted to preserve the outside details and wide wood trim. The Woodwright insert window helped them keep the historic look while providing 21st Century energy efficiency standards.
Without any original windows to refer to, the owners found photos showing period farmhouses with original window designs. Andersen worked with the supplier to custom-design a simulated divided light grille matching the original look.
The homeowners were so pleased with the look that they also ordered Woodwright® windows for the attic and basement windows. As is the case in many old homes, some window openings were too damaged to use the insert; full-frame Woodwright windows were specified.
A drive up the road leading to the farmhouse is like a trip back in time. Standing on the front porch, surrounded by the land that looks very much as it did in 1863, and you’re transported to the 19th century. That’s what the homeowners will experience now that the project is completed: hosting local history and bringing the Bigham farm history to life for a new generation. With its new windows, the journey is nearly complete.