Nestled amid towering trees and sloping grounds of history, there sits a historical treasure, The Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. Owned and operated by the Crawford County Historical Society, this mansion is a worthy destination for those who revel in 19th century architecture and decor.
It was built at in a serene setting overlooking a bustling town in its infancy in 1842-43. According to baldwinreynolds.org, “The two story Greek Revival mansion was the quintessential southern home located in Northwestern Pennsylvania.” The site also notes the house was dubbed the “Mount Vernon of Meadville” in the town’s local newspaper in 1938.
Several years after it was built, the couple who moved in transformed the estate from the “southern style plantation into their dream Victorian home. Pine woodwork was removed and replaced with black walnut, parquet floors were added over the existing pine, and new fireplaces, a library, and solarium were added. The most extensive renovation was the addition of a full third floor for both children’s’ bedrooms and servants’ quarters,” as explained at baldwinreynolds.org.
Visit the website, then make plans to visit the museum. In the meantime, here are some photographs to whet your historical appetite.