The Pennsylvania House

The Pennsylvania House, Springfield: Hours, Address, The Pennsylvania House Reviews: 4/5

The Pennsylvania House
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
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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1-2 hours
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jfadds
chicago4,530 contributions
Only open 4 hours a week
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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realbiglu
Bellefontaine, OH240 contributions
Schedule a visit now
Aug 2017 • Couples
My wife and I scheduled a visited for this museum. I was pleased to find this treasure in town. A lot of history. It is a guided tour. The button exhibit is an added pleasure. Thanks to the volunteers
Written April 2, 2018
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Becky C
Lake Worth, FL11 contributions
A gem for history
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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LiketoeatCincinnati
Cincinnati, OH2,284 contributions
Comprehensive Tour by DAR Volunteers
Jul 2017 • Couples
They are only open from 1 - 3 on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. The tour actually begins at around 1 pm and goes till about 2:45. So, please arrive on time for full tour, as this is the only tour given. It is not open routinely for self guided tours. The tour is very detailed and covering three floors. It is a very interesting part of the national road history.
Written July 22, 2017
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Very pleased you enjoyed your tour at the Pennsylvania House Museum. Yes the museum is open from 1-3 but even if a patron were to show up at 2:45 we give them a full tour, its just that the doors are locked and no new tours after 3. On the first Saturday in December we have a Christmas Open House that is self guided as we have docents in each room. This years theme is Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, so come join us 11-4 on 2 December to meet Mr. Scrooge, and the gang.
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Peru-love
Dayton OH102 contributions
Fascinating architecture, antique, and button collection.
Oct 2015 • Family
If you like well maintained historic homes, this DAR tended gem is for you. Who would have thought that there would also be an extensive button collection? Docents can be requested for a more detailed and interesting experience.
Written September 12, 2016
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Debra D
6 contributions
Nice and extra Special with Christmas decorations
Dec 2015 • Friends
Excellent furniture and belongings to represent the interesting historic past this house has had. The DAR -Daughters of the American Revolution do a special Christmas decoration visit.
Written June 29, 2016
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Cherrymom
Cold Spring, KY23 contributions
125 year anniversary
Oct 2015
Wonderful tour on a busy day. The house is packed with history and one tour on a busy day is not enough. I will go back
Written October 11, 2015
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Pennsylvania House Museum. Yes it was a busy day and we appreciate each and every one of you who visited. On Dec 5 th we have our Christmas Open House you can take as long as you like on that day as there will be a costumed docent in each room, along with live music and refreshments. Its gonna be a great day!
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Paul S
Marion1,566 contributions
Don't overlook a gem of a museum
Aug 2015 • Family
We drove down to Springfield after church and the docents allowed us to join a tour in progress, then gave just our family the portion of the tour we had missed. The structure has survived a fire, two renovations, and numerous uses over the years and is now a first rate museum run by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The collections (buttons, hair art, Indian dolls, dolls from foreign lands) could easily be small museums on their own. I was particularly interested in the doctor's office with the old medicines and the shock machine, as well as the original flooring and furnishings on the top floor. George Washington's valet's hat is there as are belongings of Ohio's first governor and items from the Lincoln White House. There is an informative video presentation and a small gift shop area with reasonable prices (2.50 for a coffee mug). I have paid a lot more for a lot less at other museums. One important note for visitors that is not mentioned on the website is that museum accepts cash and checks only, no credit or debit cards.
Written September 1, 2015
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We at the PA House are so glad you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for mentioning that we are owned and operated by the DAR, run entirely by volunteers. The house is our pride and joy, we love sharing it with everyone.
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ahcanupp
Cynthiana, KY57 contributions
Worth the $5.00 admission!
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.
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Randy O
New Carlisle, Ohio87 contributions
Our historical society given private tour.
Aug 2014 • Family
This is a quiet gem that needs to be seen. This was the gateway to the west in the early 1800's The house is 1800's inn and of good size. There is a lot of furniture and other items to be seen. Our historical society given private tour and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. If you are in Ohio I would schedule a trip there. Their phone number is (937) 322-7668.
Written October 22, 2014
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Thank You for your kind words. We at the Lagonda Chapter DAR (owner and operator of the PA House) do our best to insure you have a great tour. You may be wondering why we are responding so late to this review. Well we now have someone in place to respond to this web site whereas before we did not. We truly hope you will come visit us again soon.
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