In 1983, a beautiful, talented artist began the adventure of a lifetime. Having grown up in poverty, at age 27 Dorothy Woerth bought a run down 10-acre farm in southern Lancaster County. With little money but a big dream, she set out to create the home of her dreams.
A year later, Dorothy married a local boy, Greg Woerth, who had grown up on a nearby farm. He saw her dreams and knew together they could make a reality. Two years later their daughter, Sara, was born.
Over the next ten years, that farm became not just a home but a little slice of heaven. Renovations were completed on the original stone house, the dairy barn became a horse barn, the tobacco barn was converted to a home, and the chicken coop transformed into an artists’ studio. Dorothy loved the horses, but creating art was her passion, and the studio was her haven. Greg, however, had horses as a child and worked to create a top-notch boarding facility, with their daughter by his side.
While Dorothy and Greg worked diligently to renovate and maintain the farm, Sara found her special place in the barn with the horses. A special border, Susan Berkowitz, became one of the most influential people in Sara's life. During her time managing Woerth It Hollow, Susan took Sara under her wing and taught her how to care and nurture the magnificent animals. Susan instilled in Sara the responsibility of caring for her own horse and allowed her to watch and learn from the trainers who rode and cared for these horses. Susan taught Sara to be the horsewoman she is today.
Several years later, Dorothy and Greg divorced, and while Dorothy kept the farm, she decided to no longer board horses. Sara moved nearby with her father.
The next eight years on the farm were rough, and 2008 found Sara serving in the United States Army, based in Fort Hood, Texas and about to deploy to Afghanistan. Family members, worried about both Dorothy and the farm, made Sara aware that her mother was about to lose the farm, owing thousands in back taxes, and foreclosure was imminent. This started the seemingly impossible task of saving Woerth It Hollow. From Afghanistan, Sara contacted an attorney and so the journey to save the farm.
Over the next five years, Sara and her attorney fought hard and diligently. Faced with a lot of what-if’s and debts, and Sara now stationed in Fort Know, Kentucky, she enlisted her fathers’ help to keep the farm afloat. With tenants in and out, Sara never gave up. Finally, in 2013, the goal was achieved; Woerth It Hollow was now Sara’s. With her attorney's support, her father’s help and her mother’s love, her childhood home was saved.