Lepley hand-wrought hoe, Somerset County, PA

Lepley hand-wrought hoe, Somerset County, PA

Lepley hand-wrought grubbing hoe, Somerset County, PA

Lepley hand-wrought grubbing hoe, Southampton Township

These photos show a hand-wrought grubbing hoe that was found in 2007 on the Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA farm that previously belonged to Alonzo Lepley, and a line of Lepleys before him. The farm is presently owned by one of Allen Korns' grandsons.

I can't date this hoe precisely, but factory-made hoes have been available a long, long time, and this one is not factory made. This hoe was blacksmith-made, and it was probably made right there on the farm, since some of the Lepleys were blacksmiths. It is a well-made item; note the carefully crafted strengthening section beneath the eye in the first photo.

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