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About Us

 

Dutchman Fountains is the Philadelphia area's premier source for fountains, statuary and unique garden accents for your home and garden.  Our wonderful old schoolhouse is home to an unrivaled collection of water features, garden accents, accessories and one of a kind pieces.

We love everything to do with the garden, plants, garden art and design. Share with us your garden project and we will happily help you find the perfect garden feature to compliment your style and landscape.

  

Located in Aston, Delaware Co. PA, we are just a short trip from Wilmington, Chester County, the Main Line and the neighboring tri-state area.  

 

Our past

The building which is home to Dutchman Fountains was built in 1917 and was originally founded as Crozerville Elementary School.  Located in the historic and once vibrant mill town of Rockdale, Aston Township, PA, the mission of this four-roomed schoolhouse was to educate the children of the many millworkers who worked in the textile mills along Chester Creek.  In the basement, you can still read today, scribbled into the eaves, the names of mischievous alumni whose families live on in Rockdale today.  As the mills closed and the population dwindled, so too did the school.  Then in the early 60s, the school was purchased by Vincent “Fritz” Lechner who had recently emigrated to the United States.  This towering, blond Austrian there established Dutchman Fountains, a name inspired by the nickname given to Fritz by his new neighbors who, because of his accent, presumed he must have been Pennsylvania Dutch.    The roguish Fritz often invited visitors, customers and locals alike, to share with him a beer or two in the “Ratskeller”, a traditional German tavern, which he built himself in the basement of Dutchman Fountains.   Understandably, he is still fondly remembered today! In the early 90s, Fritz handed the reins of Dutchman Fountains to his good friend, Walter Ford.  Walt enjoyed nothing more than showing customers around “The Fountain”, treating them to the sound & light show of the fountains that he had built with his friend, Fritz. A Biology teacher by profession, Walt loved to share his fascination for water features and their maintenance with his customers.  His charm and easy laughter won him many friends among them.

  

Our present

Married only a month, Joe and Susan Ahearn became the third owners of Dutchman Fountains in 2004.  As a boy, Joe had always been intrigued by the wonderful building and its stonework. Susan had just left her native Dublin and considered buying a business as a continuation of the adventure.  So the two, both enthusiastic gardeners with an affection for all things old, saw the fountain business as an extension of their interests and an exciting way to work together.  Since 2004, as well as lovingly restoring much of the building, they have built up the business to the extent that it now offers an unrivaled collection of fountains and garden accents, drawing customers from all over the United States.  Since 2007, they have participated in the Philadelphia Flower Show, both in the exhibits of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and in the Marketplace and have been ribbon winners every year.   In addition to hand-crafting many pieces of statuary and fountains themselves, they love to travel the country, sourcing beautiful but affordable garden products, both old and new, which will bring pleasure and enjoyment to their customers. 







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