A home buyer will benefit from a recent land acquisition near Mill Run by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
According to Jane Menchyk of the conservancy, purchasing 57 acres contiguous to the Bear Run Nature Conservancy included a 1,600 square-foot home that the group does not want.
“When we looked at the project, we felt it served most of the reserve but when it came to the house, we thought it best to divide that off and offer it back to the community,” she said.
“It would be a nice home for a family or individual or as a vacation retreat,” she added.
Located between Fallingwater and Ohiopyle, the home features an open floor plan, large kitchen, covered side porch, three bedrooms, a family room, partially finished attic, large basement, wood stove, dishwasher, dining room, bath, laundry and public water. It also offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. It also has well water, septic system, oil heat and is situated in the Uniontown Area School District. “When you do conservation project, there are different aspects of a property we are focused on,” Menchyk said.
“We are a land trust and we are good when it comes to the reserve. But we felt it was best to provide the home to someone who can actually use it,” she added.
The property, which includes two acres from the 57-acre purchase, is completely surrounded by the Conservancy land “and protected so there is no chance of anything being developed around it,” Menchyk said.
The property, she said, is not part of the larger portion of the reserve behind Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater farm property but will be managed as part of the larger preserve, Menchyk said.
“It is a natural area that folks can use.”
“This is at the southern end of the reserve where there are no improved trails. There are improved trails less than a mile from there near the Fallingwater entrance. This property is a mile south of the Fallingwater,” she said.
The home started life as a farmhouse but was later remodeled and updated. Menchyk said the quality of the craftsmanship in the renovations “is superb.
“For example, all the woodwork inside is perfect. Also, as an example of the work done, the back deck, instead of just one screw holding the planks in place, there are three in each plank.”
Menchyk added that, “This is one of the projects where the conservancy sees it as an opportunity to provide an asset to the community. We are excited that the next owner will enjoy this house and being our neighbor.”
According to information from the Conservancy's website, Bear Run Nature Reserve is managed by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and includes most of the watershed of Bear Run and parts of two other watersheds: Laurel Run and Lick Run. “Being a large property of over 5,000 acres, Bear Run is classified as an exceptional value stream by the Department of Environmental Protection and as such, receives an additional level of protection. “The initial Bear Run property was acquired in 1964 from Edgar Kaufmann Jr. as part of the Fallingwater property. A large portion of the Bear Run Watershed now belongs to Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Bear Run Nature Reserve is located in Stewart and Springfield townships, Fayette County and Lower Turkeyfoot It hosts a “mature deciduous forest, hemlock forest, high gradient streams,” according to the Conservancy. Bear Run Nature Reserve is located off Route381, approximately three miles south of Mill Run.
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The Lawrence County Home for the Aged, also known as the poor house or poor farm housed the county’s mentally ill, severely destitute, and elderly residents that didn’t have any known family. It was built to replace the aging New Castle City Home and consolidated various small institutions around the county. The facility opened it’s doors on Tuesday, October 19, 1926. That day, Perry D Snyder, and his wife Mary A Snyder, whom were first elected in March 1913 to serve in respective posts of the New Castle City Home, took up residence in the Lawrence County Home for the Aged. Along with Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, their two children, about 12 staff members, and the first twenty inmates, left the old City home and also took up residence in the Lawrence County Home. A young boy was among these first twenty inmates, although the home did not generally take children.
In June of 1944, county welfare officials and the Snyder’s, now in their late seventies, were accused of incompetency at the home. During the hearing the Snyders were retired with pensions, but permitted to stay at the home. By late August, the Snyder’s were given three weeks to vacate the premise. The Snyder’s run of over thirty years of service to the community had ended, and Mantz B. Hogue, the longtime director of the welfare department, took over operations at the home.
The home continued to operate for many years and in the latter half of the 1960’s was remodeled and slowly changed into a skilled nursing center while under supervision of Director Clarence E Covert. By 1970 the home was facing severe overcrowding issues, and Covert became bitter about lack of county support and resigned in January of 1973.In December of 1974 the county decided to add a new section, which is now known as the North Wing, and remodeled some of the existing floors. A new three-story addition including an additional basement floor was to be built. This would allow the home to accommodate another thirty or more residents. A new kitchen and dining room and other occupational rooms were included in the construction. The north wing opened in mid-1977, and after a contest to find a more suitable name for the Lawrence County Home for the Aged, it was renamed as Hill View Manor on March 22, 1977. Hill View Manor closed it’s doors in 2004 due to financial constraints. Although it seems to sit quietly at the top of the grassy hill above Route 65, evidence of its history remains active.
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