Antebellum Homes in Lancaster County

JoLene and I attended the 43rd Annual Tour of Homes in Marietta, PA. Held on December 7, it was, of course, a Christmas tour.

Two homes were of special note, having been built prior to the Civil War by Henry Musselman, a leader in the iron industry.

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The above home is a brick mansion of Victorian style, with a panoramic view of the nearby Susquehanna River, not to mention of Mr. Musselman’s foundries! Built in 1849, the house had eight fireplaces, two of which remain working.

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And this home is Victorian Italianate, built about 1855. The people who know about such things say that this stucco-over-brick structure is a true example of antebellum architecture. The forty-foot-long projecting front porch has one of the largest and most ornate cast iron ornamentations in Lancaster County.

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One Response

  1. What a tour! They are superb dwellings. You might be interested to know that I grew up on that hill. Not in those houses, but the two newer neighboring ones as you head to Marietta along 441 (before you reach the mansion at the 441/23 light).

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