John Fred William Riepe & Anna Wilhelmina [Luetger] Riepe Joseph Creighton Riepe, Sr. Bertha Fredericka [Riepe] Lord Ruby Fern Riepe & Otis Wendell Riepe Sophia [Peine] Riepe Josephine Catherine [Riepe] Ernst  

Riepe Homes

Unknown Riepe Farm, Belm, Osnabruck, Prussia
Harry Urias Riepe, Sr. (#866), Mt. Peru Farm, MD
Home of Anna Maria [Riepe] Roedel Breuer (#312), MO
Home of Reuben Riepe (#888), IL






Harry Urias Riepe, Jr. (#866)

Mt. Peru Farm, Bradshaw, Baltimore Co., MD


Mt. Peru was the home of my great-uncle, Harry Urias Riepe, Jr. (#866), and his wife, Marion [Wheildon] Riepe (#873).  I spent a good 20 years in the horse world - riding, showing, foxhunting, teaching lessons, and managing a boarding stable - and it was, here, at Mt. Peru, that Uncle Harry taught me to ride as a young child. Every 4th of July, the Riepe clan gathered for food and fun on "the farm".  While the "grown-ups" reminisced, the older boys would hitch old Lady, the pony, up to the pony cart and take us younger kids for rides . .  of course, being boys, they used to think it was great fun to turn a sharp corner somewhere, tip the cart over, and have us all spill out.  We all thought it was great fun too, and now, years later, I am amazed that none of us was ever hurt!

Mt. Peru was built in 1851.  When Uncle Harry and Aunt Marion purchased it in 1940, the house had no electricity, no plumbing, and no furnace - the only heat was from pot-bellied stoves.  As you can see from the pictures, Uncle Harry and Aunt Marion had their work cut out for them, and, over the years, they transformed Mt. Peru into a lovely estate.  Unfortunately, Uncle Harry was killed in this home in 1983, the victim of a robbery.  Today, Mt. Peru is owned, lived in, maintained, and loved, by Uncle Harry and Aunt Marion's eldest grandson and his family.



Mt. Peru, circa 1940 (rear)



Mt. Peru, circa 1950 (rear)


Mt. Peru, circa 1940 (front)

Above photos contributed by Anne Stewart Riepe (#862)

The following 3 photos of Mt. Peru are from the Baltimore County Public Library Photo Archives.
BCPL captions included.



Spring Houses, Pumps - Bradshaw Mt. Peru in Bradshaw, which was built in 1851 by Robert Taylor.  Photo shows the stone springhouse on the estate when owned in 1976 by Harry U. Riepe.  Mr. Riepe was murdered at the estate by an intruder in the 1980s.
Date: c.1976;  Photographer: G.W. Fielding


Mt. Peru in Bradshaw, which was built in 1851 by Robert Taylor. Photo shows the two-story wooden house, surmounted with a hospitality pineapple.


A view of the two-story wooden house known as Mt. Peru in Bradshaw.


BCPL photos contributed by Marilyn Blimline


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