On Wednesday mornings throughout the summer, the Huntingdon 4 and More Cultural District hosts walking tours of the town, highlighting everything from stained glass and historic sights to trees and yoga. This past Wednesday, the sight-to-see was the historic Gage Mansion, which is currently being renovated by new owners John and Angie Thompson of Thompson Candle Co. and innkeeper Marci Chamberlain. The plan is to open the Mansion as a Bed and Breakfast in Spring 2015.
Marci showed us some architectural features on the outside of the mansion, and then we headed indoors into the living room, where she explained the history of the building before moving on to the other rooms of the house, pointing out particularly interesting features and sharing tidbits of information along the way. I heard several of the tour participants remarking on all the changes made since the last time they had been in the mansion, which has been a fixture in Huntingdon since its completion in 1896. For me, however, it was my first time inside, and I was repeatedly struck by its beauty and elegance.
The first floor of the Gage Mansion is currently open for reservations as an event venue, and they have also begun to host some events of their own, such as the Mothers Day Tea. You can contact them at (814) 506-8411, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their Facebook page.
The 4 and More Cultural District is a partnership between four non-profit organizations in downtown Huntingdon, the Huntingdon County Historical Society, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon County Arts Council, and Huntingdon Health & Wellness Association. They will continue to host walking tours throughout the summer. All tours begin at Merchant Park, on the corner of Penn and 6th St, at 10am, and last approximately one hour.
Upcoming walking tours:
July 16 – Stained Glass, downtown.
July 23 – Stained Glass, churches
July 30 – Portstown Park River Walk
August 6 – Transportation History (Canal/Railroad/Trolley)
August 13 – Yoga in the Park