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150 year old Pennsylvania church converted to a home & artist workshop studio

The1870 Happenings

For the last several years, Priscilla & Morton, have been working on a dream.  Restoring the old & crumbling church to become a home, working studio & creative destination is a gigantic task that continues to be a work in progress  

Workshops in Stained Glass are taught by Priscilla most Sundays.  Please check our Facebook page for the schedule.

Priscilla Houliston is an artist, writer, traveler and educator who loves sharing her knowledge while always remaining a student herself  

January 2018 Priscilla set a World Record for The Most Greeting Cards Marbled in One Hour with Marabu Easy Marble paints. She managed 684 cards in one short hour!  Click here --->  See the paint she used here.


Meet Morton & Priscilla

We love to travel, love old buildings, enjoy restoring things and this property sums it all up. It's an amazing space that reminds us of places we've been, arches we've walked under and has this lovely tranquility about it that is very special.

Morton is fantastic at fixing things, or "dooberizing" them, as he calls it. He is a native of Scotland who recently became a US citizen. I'm from near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania but have lived all over the place, including six wonderful years in Scotland. I've always been a creative soul, love arts and crafts and love creating in this incredible space.

Our website and Facebook page are designed to keep our friends all around the world, both old and new, up to date on what we are doing at The1870.  Please visit our Facebook page for lots of photos, videos and more.

There is a mountain load of work to be done here, lots of fun arts & crafts happening and so much please visit this site often to see what's happening now!



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The1870 Calendar

Our workshops are on hold due to Covid19. 

World Record Setting Attempt January 1, 2018 Noon - Watch as Priscilla attempts to set a world record in MARBLING! .

Please visit the EVENTS on our Facebook page to see what is coming up. 

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