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Long Meadow Acres


A once in 4 generations opportunity to own what has been called one of the last great estates outside Washington DC. With its panoramic mountaintop views and close proximity to Camp David MD, Long Meadow Acres is a truly rare property. 




Long Meadow Acres was the May 14, 2012 Wall Street Journal House of the Week. Click on this link to see what the WSJ had to say about Long Meadow Acres.

Over 4 generations the Benchoff family has been improving Long Meadow Acres. The landscape has been meticulously cared for and refined for over 100 years. It's a mixture of mature hardwood forest, pasture and an stunning variety of ornamental trees throughout the interior of the property.


In addition to its spectacular landscape, Long Meadow Acres has 4 residential houses (8,300 - 3,600 -  2,038 - 1,608 sq. ft.), 2 small cabins, a swimming pool, tennis court, rifle range, 12 stall horse stable and multiple farm buildings.  


Long Meadow Acres is well suited for multiple uses:


    - Family Compound, Equestrian Estate, Sporting Estate, Working Farm

    - Additional Residence for a Foreign Consulate

    - Corporate, Alumni or Religous Retreat

    - Spa/Rehabilitation or Bed and Breakfast

    - Event/Wedding Facility

    - Private Club, Shooting Preserve, Golf Course, Sporting Clays   

    - Development into Smaller Estates  

Long Meadow Acres is centrally located 90 minutes by car from both Baltimore and Washington. 45 minutes by car from Harrisburg PA and Frederick MD. Historic Gettysburg PA is 15 minutes by car. If you are flying by private airplane into the area the Hagerstown MD Municipal Airport is 30 minutes away by car.


Despite its close proximity to these major cities when you arrive at LMA you have a true sense of seclusion.

Long Meadow Acres at an elevation 1000 feet above sea level offers a panoramic 40 mile view of the Cumberland Valley.   

About Long Meadow Acres:


In 1885 James Madsion Benchoff purchased what is now the interior of the property. He cleared the timber from the fields beginning the transformation of this property into what it is today.

His son James Thompson Benchoff and his family came to live on the property in the 1920's and Thompson worked with his father to further improve Long Meadow Acres.


Thompson's son J. Martin Benchoff started out in the family dairy farming business, but was destine for other things. He took a job as a farm equipment salesman with a local manufacturer of farm wagons--Grove Mfg. Over the years Grove expanded its business into the production of mobile hydraulic cranes. J. Martin rose through the ranks of the company to become President and then Chairman of Grove. Under his leadship Grove became the leading manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cranes in the world.

Because of his need to entertain Grove's clients he designed and built the elegant 8,300 sqf. stone encased house, which is the centerpiece of the property.


Today the 4th generation of the Benchoff family, represented by 

J. Martin Benchoff, Jr.  and Helen Benchoff, are acting as the stewards of this great property.


Long Meadow Acres is bordered to the north  by Old Route 16. It is believed  Robert E. Lee travelled down this road leaving Gettysburg in July of 1863.


In nearby Blue Ridge Summit George Armstrong Custer fought a rear guard action with Confederate Cavalry as the Confederate Army struggled to get out of the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania and back to the Potomac.


The area is also rich in Colonial history.  

The centerpiece of the 4 houses on the property is the architecturally significant 8,300 square foot stone encased house built by J. Martin Benchoff in 1975.


The stone house is spacious and family friendly, with 3 master suites(5 bedrooms in total), 2 kitchens(one servicing the upstairs residence and a larger kitchen suitable for catering downstairs with a walk pantry. The downstairs kitchen services the pool patio area and the downstairs great room), a sunny breakfast room, 2 living rooms, 1 Great room,  2 dinning rooms, 2 studies, 3 impressive fireplaces, Jacuzzi, sauna and a pool. There is a slate patio, which wraps around the back of the house by the pool and large screened slate porch upstairs. There is also an upper deck, which wraps around the back of the house. The the stone house has a 2,500 square foot detached 2 car garage. The garage has a workshop and sun room off the back with exercise equipment.


The layout is ideal for entertaining large and small groups or coming together for smaller gatherings with your family and friends.


The upstairs living room and dinning room are perfect for day to day living, family gatherings and intimate dinner parties.

The dinning area in the great room downstairs is designed for larger dinner parties and gatherings of up to 150 people. It's adjacent to the larger catering kitchen with its huge walk in pantry, the pool and the slate porch on the lower level. There is a beautiful mahogany bar where guests can gather.


Long Meadow Acres' upper and lower gated entrances off Old Route 16 enable large numbers of cars to enter the property through the upper entrance, park and exit later through the lower entrance without having to turn around. This is ideal for larger parties.   

This is one of the three master suits, which each have their own attached bathroom, large closets and custom built in cabinetry. One of the many great features of the stone house is its endless closet space and storage.

The level of workmanship throughout the house must be seen to be fully appreciated.
The design of the stone house, and the landscaping around it are worthy of Architectural Digest.

The other house in the interior of the property known as the white house is 3,600 square feet and has 4 Bed rooms, 2 baths, kitchen, a living room, den and a screened porch with storm windows which make the porch a great all seasons space. The porch and backyard offer an excellent view of the meadow field. The white house is in excellent condition and is perfect as a guest house or as an additional residence.


The other 2 houses on the property, which can be seen in the photo gallery below, are also in very good condition and guard 2 of the 3 gated entries to LMA. 12534 Old Rt. 16, which sits by the upper entrance, is a 1,608 square foot, 3 bed room, 2 bath house, which is a great caretakers residence or rental property. 12620 Old Rt. 16, which sits by the main entrance to LMA, is a 2,038 square foot, 4 bed room, 2 bath house with an attached apartment with a bath room and kitchenette. This house could also be used as a staff residence or as a rental property.   

The seasons at Long Meadow Acres are distinct and beautiful. Throughout the year there are many outdoor actvities to pursue on the property and in the area.  


Regardless of the time of year, Long Meadow Acres is special place for children to explore and experience nature.


In winter there is skiing at 2 nearby resorts (Ski Liberty and Whitetail). Winter is also an excellent time to take a trail ride or hike the property and observe the abundant wildlife. 


The holiday season is a special time to come together with family, friends and colleagues at Long Meadow Acres.

Many years by the middle of April there are days reaching the 75 degree mark. In the spring Long Meadow Acres comes alive as the many ornamental trees burst into full bloom. You are far enough south to truly experience spring.


If you enjoy trout fishing, South Central Pennsylvania is legendary for its world renowned limestone streams. Some of which are a short drive from Long Meadow Acres. Just 1 1/2 hours away there is private access at the Home Waters Club, which offers some of the finest fly fishing for trout in the world .  


South central Pennsylvania's many streams and rivers starting at the Maryland border and extentending up through Central Pennsylvania have been called the Montana of the east.


Long Meadow Acres also offers excellent spring wild turkey hunting. If you enjoy calling gobblers Long Meadow Acres will provide many hours of enjoyment.

Summer is an ideal time to be outdoors taking in the lush landscape at Long Meadow Acres:


    - Horseback Riding and Hiking

    - Tennis   

    - Fishing

    - Picnics and Swimming

    - Golfing on one the areas many courses

    - If you enjoy riflery, summer is a great time to take

      advantage of the 50 and 300 yard rifle range

      on the property

    - A visit to historic Gettysburg.  


After an active day, the pool behind the stone house is great  to cool off, and the stone house has central airconditioning throughout.  


Each year hay is made on the property and there is a large vegetable garden.

Fall is arguably the most spectacular time of year at Long Meadow Acres. The hard wood trees explode with color in the month of October.


If you enjoy hunting October and Novemebr will be 2 of your favorite months. The property abounds with whitetailed deer, wild turkeys and small game. The 135 acres that make up Long Meadow Acres are  surrounded by other large forested tracts of land. The wildlife from these surrounding areas concentrate on Long Meadow Acres because of the food sources available in the interior of the property.

You can wake up in the morning and and walk a short distance to the forested part of the property and be in  prime habitat for whitetailed deer, wild turkeys and small game. In addition to his career as an industrialist, J. Martin Benchoff was an avid hunter and conservationist who worked throughout his lifetime to both manage the quality and the quantity of the whitetail and wild turkey populations on the property.


Only 10 minutes away in Blue Ridge Summit is the Hill Country shooting preserve, which offers superb upland hunting for pheasants, chukars and partridge as well as trophy whitetail deer.


South Central Pennsylvania has been appropriately described as a "Sportsmen's paradise."


Long Meadow Acres is a working farm with approximately 50 acres of pasture, a 12 stall stable and numerous additional farm buildings including a cattle shed, chicken coop and hog run. 


LMA is currently an active equine breeding operation where Pennsylvania thoroughbreds and Welsh ponies are raised. The Pennsylvania Breeding fund offers the greatest financial incentives of any state to people raising thorughbreds (PA-Breds). Long Meadow Acres is ideally set up for breeding horses and livestock of all types.  


With Long Meadow Acres' location in South Central Pennsylvania and its close proximity to Virginia and Maryland you are well positioned geogarphically to participate in all types of equestrian pursuits.


This represents a tremendous opportunity to own a property that could not be recreated in one lifetime. Broker/Agent Protected.


Please view the photo gallery and slide show below for more pictures of the amazing landscape and infrastructure at Long Meadow Acres.


To visit Long Meadow Acres please contact Martin Benchoff at 978-853-6673 or by email at

Get Directions To:
12514 Old Route 16 Street
Waynesboro PA 17268