"Hex signs" Seisholtzville by billus

Seisholtzville Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 12 photos

Everywhere on the sides of barns and houses in the Lehigh Valley you see these hex signs- though to keep out evil spirits, just like the gargoyles on the medieval cathedrals.

Now the word is they are derived from the emblem for a fire insurance company-not a bad investment for these wood framed structures. The star emblem seems to be derived from the end of iron tie bars-you see stars all over the place. Is an upside down star a symbol of devil-worship? Only the architect knows for sure

this freaked me out, but I now believe it is either a scarecrow, a halloween decoration, or a prop for an elaborate satanic ritual. Either way, I didn't linger long enough to find out.

The Hubbard Barn proclaims 1732 on its broad facade, but that could be a date or a street address

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  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2003 at 10:10 PM

    Gosh those barns are civilized looking.. decorative without the body hanging in the trees.

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2002 at 4:31 PM

    Those Mennonites have a rich and diverse history. Thanks for the images! In Netherlands the first female church minister was a Mennonite: Annie Mankes-Zernike in 1911.

  • ExGuyParis's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2002 at 7:25 AM

    ‘To a T’ dates back to the 17th century in literary use. The sense of the expression corresponds with the older one, ‘to a tittle,’ which appeared almost a century earlier, and meant ‘to a dot,’ as in ‘jot or tittle.’ Beaumont used it in 1607.

  • prunila's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2002 at 12:48 PM

    Very nice pictures. Difficult to understand where from they picked this symbols. I wish you could add some text about Mennonite philosofy.
    Anyway this place is magic and idillic. Thanks for showing us interesting american unknown heritage.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2002 at 7:06 PM

    wonderful site Bill..love those early settlers beginnings


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