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FAMILY TREE FARM HISTORY

About Family Tree Farm

Walk with your family or take the free wagon ride through 45 scenic acres of live evergreens and choose and cut your own Christmas Tree. You'll also find plenty of holiday and seasonal greenery, including fresh roping, decorated and undecorated wreaths, cut trees, balled and burlapped trees, live trees and more!

The Strathmeyer/Doyle Family Tree Farm consists of approximately 125 acres, 45 of which are planted with such popular Christmas Tree species as Douglas Firs, Fraser Firs, Blue Spruce, White Pine and Concolor Firs. With the new partnership between the Strathmeyer and Doyle families, our plan is to expand the Christmas Tree Farm to 60 acres.

Our rich stock of evergreens has been carefully nurtured to grow into lush, full and beautiful centerpieces for your Christmas holiday celebration. It takes approximately seven to ten years for our transplants to grow 7' - 10' tall, suitable for use as Christmas Trees. They are carefully treated several times a year to keep them healthy, and trimmed each year to maintain their traditional Christmas Tree shape.

After you've selected and cut your Christmas Tree, we'll drill and bag your selection. We also sell christmas tree stands for easy display and cleanup bags for convenient post-Christmas recycling.

History of the Strathmeyer/Doyle Family Tree Farm

What is now known as Strathmeyer/Doyle Family Tree Farm was in Karen Doyle's family for five generations. Adam Strayer was the first deed holder in 1810. The farm came to be owned by Karen's grandparents, Howard and Estie Flinchbaugh. Howard and Estie started dairy farming in the early 1930s (hence the name Dairy Road). They made butter and sold milk to customers all over the York area.

Eventually, Karen's father, Howard (Hops), and her mother, Lorraine, took over dairy operations, continuing until the late 1970s. Hops then crop farmed until the late 1980s, when he retired.

Hops' retirement from farming started the family on the Christmas Tree farm path. Like many men of retirement age, he needed to stay busy, so Rick Doyle, Karen Doyle's husband, suggested they plant a tree farm. Rick's family, the Doyles from Whitehall, Maryland, had been very successful with their operation for many years. Hops kept the trees in tip-top condition until his death in 1998. The farm then passed to the current generation - Rick and Karen Doyle, who expanded Family Tree Farm to its current size and, in partnership with the Strathmeyer family, will continue its growth and success into the future. Our name - Strathmeyer/Doyle Family Tree Farm - blends two strong family traditions of being good stewards of the land with a vision of the future. We have many customers who made choosing their tree from our farm a family tradition since we began in 1995. We are thrilled to see a second generation continuing the tradition by coming to our farm to start their Christmas season. The Strathmeyer and Doyle families would like to thank all of our past, present, and future customers for their support and for sharing their Christmas with us.

Strathmeyer Christmas Trees
255 Zeigler Road, P. O. Box 70, Dover, PA 17315
800-345-3406 • 717-292-5683 • Fax 717-292-4129