The Pennsylvania House
The Pennsylvania House
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Built in 1839, the Pennsylvania House was a popular and respected inn along the National Road. The 7000 square foot Federal-style structure was built using tenon and mortise construction. The Pennsylvania House has been included on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. The first floor houses one of America's finest button collections. A gift of Lagonda Chapter member Grace Porter upon her death in 1948, the collection of 100,000 buttons offers a historic showcase of one of fashion's favorite forms of adornment and status. The recent restoration saw the re-interpretation of several rooms to reflect the house's use and function as an inn and tavern from 1839 to 1869. This can be seen in the recreation of the tap room, general store, ladies parlor or formal dining room, and the drovers' room. The first floor assembly room offers a pictorial timeline showing the house's place within local and national history. It is accompanied by a display of artifacts from the entire lifespan of the house discovered during the basement's excavation. The second floor children's room spotlights a fully furnished, twelve-room Federal dollhouse donated by Lagonda Chapter member Ruth Bayley. It contains period furniture in black walnut and cherry handcrafted by John Kunkel. In the 1870s, Drs. Samuel and Ada Adams rented space in the house for their joint medical practice. A second floor room in the 1850s wing has been furnished with medical equipment of the period including Dr. Samuel Adams' electroschock therapy kit.
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MrsN1704
Fort Wayne, IN52 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
We didn't go to Springfield to see this and almost skipped it, glad we didn't. It is currently only $5 per person for a tour (there is a donation jar at the end if you would like to give more) and you definitely get your money's worth. We had a young girl take us through our tour (the younger sister of another volunteer) and she was very detailed. She showed us a lot of interesting objects in each room that I believe a lot of people may have skipped over. She also covered a lot of the history of the house and although we couldn't come up with a lot of questions because she was so thorough, when we did, she knew the answers. There is an incredibly large button collection stored in the house. This may sound boring and would have to us as well, but you really need to see this, it is amazing. At the end walking out, we couldn't stop talking about how impressed we were with this attraction.
Written July 14, 2013
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We are so glad you took the time to visit with us. The Lagonda Chapter DAR takes pride in teaching others about the history of the house and its artifacts. Yes the button room is top notch, I like to think each one is its own work of art. I'm sorry you are receiving this response to late but we have only now moved into social media, change is hard for some of us old gals. PS I love the dog pic....looks just like mine!
Written September 2, 2015
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XXLjim
Dayton, OH83 contributions
Nice little tour and explanation of the history of the PA. House. Our home is of the same vintage and they had very similar built in cabinet doors which supported the age of our home.
Written March 17, 2013
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OH2CA
Southern California117 contributions
Dec 2012 • Friends
A wonderful collection of historical items - be sure to read the timeline to get a good sense of the history of the area and the times represented. Docents are very friendly & knowledgeable.
Written December 22, 2012
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Ralph M
Findlay, OH123 contributions
Jul 2021
They state that they are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 pm. So we showed up on Saturday, July 31, at 1 pm. Rang the doorbell. No answer. Waited a while. Then rang and knocked after 5 minutes. Still no answer. Tried entrance around the back. Still no answer. Called. Still no answer, except from the answering machine. Tried ringing and knocking once more, then left about 1:15. No other car was parked in or near the lot, and the area, while I've seen worse, does not look great. Too bad! The House looks beautiful from outside.
I guess the experience teaches us that places like this, which aren't open often, have to be checked closely before going to visit them, especially during this continuing covid time. Best to talk with someone. Even then, this is apparently volunteer run, and if the volunteer is sick, what can you do?
Rest assured, we are not angry at them, but thank goodness this was not the only reason we had come from about 100 miles away to Springfield. And we did get some great photos of the house from the outside. After all, we had lots of time...
Written August 1, 2021
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Lottie E
Belleview, FL5 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
We went round and round the block at this address. There is a full city block w/ trees and landscaping, but sadly the house has been torn down.
Written November 6, 2013
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Hmmm, you know sometimes my GPS has taken me to places other than what I thought I put in, maybe this is what happened in your case. The Pennsylvania House is still standing, and doing great at the ripe age of 176! Please come visit, we look forward to seeing you.
Written September 2, 2015
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cathy v
Sayville, NY3 contributions
Aug 2011 • Solo
I think this is the place I sat on the porch for 1 hour waiting for them to open. Big old red brick inn, beautiful on the outside.I made special plans to be here at the hour posted for opening. Finally a lady comes out and said the docent was in training and there would be no one to show people through so they would not be opening that day. Nice!
Written March 30, 2012
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Can't blame you for being upset, I would be too. We are run by volunteers and for the docent in training was no excuse to be denied a tour in fact that was an excellent time for the docent to learn on the job. We had no one prior to recently to respond to on line reviews, so while this is a bit late in the response please be sure we are trying to fix that problem. I hope you will give us another chance in fact if you are in the local area a great time to come will be 11 Oct 2015 as we will have tours for $1.25 in recognition of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) 125 yr. I truly hope to see you there.
Written September 2, 2015
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ahcanupp
Cynthiana, KY57 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
I really enjoyed the history of this inn. I was pleasantly surprised by the button collection, and I know it sounds crazy, but it was quite fascinating. Yes, buttons, and yes, fascinating!!!
Written June 20, 2015
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Thank you for your kind words. I'm thrilled you loved the button room its a real source of pride for us.
Written September 2, 2015
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JoePilot
Paris, TN9 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
Worth a little trouble to find. Wonderful slices of Amercan History from the great migration westward as seen from "The Inn at the End of the Pike" (The National Road). Recently updated with historical architect and archeology and very impressive restoration. Lots of artifacts from The Whitehouse to local settlers. Washington's valet's hat, artwork, giant petipoint tapestry, period Dr's office to name a few. Guides are all volunteers with great stories on the history of the stagecoach stop and how phrases we use everyday came about from this time.
Didn't think I would be fascinated by a button collection; but this is worth the stop alone to see this exhibit that covers early history of buttons from all over the world. Would definitely recommend this to friends. $5.00 Adults. Gracious with your time and receptive to questions.
Written June 28, 2012
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jfadds
Naperville, IL4,776 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We passed this driving thru town and stopped to read the sign outside and take a look.
Looked very interesting- however, it is only open 2 days a week - the weekend- and then only 2 hours each day.

Therefore, plan your visit accordingly
Written June 17, 2019
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Becky C
Lake Worth, FL11 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
We went for a nice afternoon when it was decorated for Christmas. So interesting! I used to live here but never came here! Full of history. There were docents in every room with lots of information. Many artifacts from the 1800s. Well worth the 10$!!
Written December 3, 2017
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