VICTORIAN BELLEFONTE

 

OCTOBER 11, 2008

 

In Chapter 23 (here) of my "Cavern of Deep Harmony" story my main couple

go to Bellefonte for the day. I did research on the town but had never been there

when I wrote the chapter. There were several main things in the town that

especially caught my attention and Marshall and Eden walked the streets, looking

at particular bed and breakfasts, eating lunch at the Gambel Mill Restaurant, buying

a white wooden dollhouse at the Plaza Centre. So on October 11th, Carl and I drove

up (a 2 1/2 hour drive from where we live) and spent the day walking by/going in

the places I used in my story.

 

 

 

We decided to go to the Mill first and have lunch before starting our walk. We got there just after it opened and were the

only people eating there at the time which left me much freer to walk about inside and take pictures. This is the mill from

the back. The sun was extremely bright that Saturday and the front side was in deep shadow, backlit by light that was too

bright.

 

 

The main dining room was set up for a wedding reception that night and was dark when we arrived. When I explained

about my story, though, they obligingly turned on all the lights in the restaurant so I could take pictures. This is the room

Marshall and Eden ate in, but with the tables all separated.

 

 

I hadn't realized the mill had eating areas on different levels. We were seated by a window (that's Carl there) on the

highest level (not much higher that the level you see to the bottom left).

 

 

Carl took this one with my camera. Is his view out the window he's seated beside.

 

 

This is looking down from the level we ate on toward where the lights surround the entrance to the main dining room.

 

 

Entrance to main dining room. It was as they walked through here that Marshall (who is blind) put his hand out to

touch the branches and lights on the right of the doorway.

 

 

Closer up of the branches Marshall touched.

 

 

I also hadn't realized the dining areas were all up this old flight of steps. I think I'll have to rewrite some of that chapter!

 

 

Looking up that same flight.

 

 

And old grind stone used as a seat in the front courtyard.

 

 

The main entrance to the mill.

 

 

I took this one as we drove by again on our way out of town. There was no way, either on foot or in the car, to

get a picture of the front of the building without a lot of wires, alas.

 

 

I could see this little park along the Spring Creek canal from the window beside where we ate. Afterwards,

I walked over there to look at it closer up.

 

 

After lunch we drove across the bridge, turned left on Spring St. and parked on the corner of Spring and East Linn,

right in front of this house.

 

 

This was to the right of the red brick house above. But I saw the house numbers and realized one of the three main

bed and breakfasts I wanted to see would be in the other direction, so we detoured that way.

 

 

Right across Spring St. on Linn was this white house, which was interesting, but what caught me the most was the huge

ginkgo tree in its yard. It was still green, alas, as they turn a glorious yellow when they turn.

 

 

This is the first of the 3 B&B's...the Garret. Marshal and Eden stood on the sidewalk and discussed this one. It was actually

for sale and I couldn't help but wonder what a Victorian B&B goes for these days! It's a very pale blue with the neat Mansard

roof and great porch.

 

 

Corner of the Garret porch

 

 

Looking back at the Garret from a bit more down the sidewalk.

 

 

A really massive house just past the Garret

 

 

Also on Linn near the Garret

 

 

I liked this tree that spread itself in yellow gracefulness over the sidewalk past the Garret.

 

 

Closer up of same tree

 

 

This was a big ol' guy on the corner of Linn and Spring across from the ginkgo tree and

diagonally from where we'd parked.

 

 

Same house taken later in the day as I walked back up Spring St. on our return to the car.

 

 

This was the second of the three B&B's mentioned in my story, and by far the largest. This is the Reynolds Mansion on the

corner of Linn and North Ridge.

 

 

The Reynolds house was built 1883-85 by Major William Reynolds, a bachelor, who thought he needed a house

this big.

 

 

An old picture of the Reynolds mansion from the Fred D. Smith collection.

 

 

Detail under the eves...

 

 

The vine-covered front wall

 

 

From the side yard

 

 

 

 

I rang the bell and mentioned my book again and we were graciously permitted to wander all about the main floor

and the grounds. The entry hall here has its ceiling paneled in walnut.

 

 

The staircase is hand-carved

 

 

 

 

The dining room

 

 

Ceiling here has plaster painted to look like it's wood

 

 

The back semi-circle was added in 1901

 

 

There was something almost riverboatish about the back end of the house

 

 

More views of the side. I liked the detail that went into the design.

 

 

 

 

 

We went out the back gate...

 

 

This was like the carriage house for the mansion

 

 

Roof of carriage house

 

 

House immediately behind the Reynolds

 

 

Since we were now a block up from Linn, we decided to keep going up the hill (drawn by houses that needed

their pictures taken!) to East Curtin St., which runs along the highest ridge of the town and parallels Linn two blocks up.

 

 

 

Arriving up at Curtain St., you could more easily see the relationship of the houses to the hills. I just took a picture looking this way, but

we turned and walked east on Curtain.

 

 

The first house on the left looked liked this. I asked a boy who was playing nearby and he said it had burned only 3 weeks ago.

Everyone got out all right, but the family cat still wants to live there and even though it's seen outside from time to time, it always

goes back inside.

 

 

This one was lavender...

 

 

Same as above

 

 

Small maple on Curtain St.

 

 

Still walking down Curtain, pausing to study interesting houses...

 

 

I liked this one, not only for the sharp 'cleanness' of it and the entrance gingerbread, but because the way the porch

was painted, it had an aqua glow to it.

 

 

More of the porch

 

 

And behind a burning bush

 

 

And one more as we went on down Curtain

 

 

Burgundy awnings kinda add a nice touch to this one

 

 

 

I took this one to show how many of the houses, while a fair size when seen from the front, actually have a grand amount

of bulk to them when seen from the side.

 

 

We left Curtain and went downhill two blocks back to Linn and turned west, looking for the 3rd B&B, which

I knew would be somewhere in that area.

 

 

Just walking down the street was a lot of fun, studying all the houses...

 

 

Yellow with grey trim (also in picture above this one).

 

 

An interesting stone one...

 

 

And an orangey-red one for a change...painted that color...not brick

 

 

These two, though, are brick

 

 

Again, showing how you can see the hills...

 

 

Another side view showing house bulk

 

 

A pale lime green...above and below

 

 

 

Then I caught sight of this tower...

 

 

This was also a B&B, and is called Our Fair Lady. It was built back in the 1800's by a

lumber magnate.

 

 

I would have loved to see what was inside the tower!

 

 

I crossed the street to get a shot of the entire building.

 

 

Then I noticed its cute outbuilding

 

 

From my position now across Linn, I could see the 3rd B&B, The Queen.

 

 

House to the left of The Queen

 

 

Tower corner of  The Queen

 

 

The Queen's back patio

 

 

The Queen was built in the 1890's. This was the B&B Marshall and Eden decided they'd stay at whenever they could

come back to Bellefonte.

 

 

 

Back garden of The Queen.

 

 

Front corner close-up of The Queen.

 

 

The sun was right behind the houses on this side of Linn, making it hard to get pictures I wanted.

 

 

I crossed Linn again to get the whole house

 

 

The other front corner

 

 

Side porch

 

 

Wisteria on front porch

 

 

A door was open on the little side porch

 

 

 

The house just west of The Queen, with the sun at a terrible height

 

 

Carl looking at that same house

 

 

Same house...I liked the big ferns all around the porch

 

 

And just beyond that one was a yellow and blue one. It was for sale, too.

 

 

Looking east on Linn past the yellow house, the fern house, to the chimney of The Queen

 

 

Across the street. The sunlight was just right for houses on this side.

 

 

Another one across Linn.

 

 

A big old guy on Linn. I'm not as fond of the brick mountains, but I did like the the 3rd floor with the white windows.

 

 

Odd sorta house. I took this so's my close-up below would be set in its location.

 

 

 

A simpler green one, still charming.

 

 

The Thaddeus Brew Hamilton house. We'd left Linn, and turned on Allegheny St. toward the center of town.

Mr. Hamilton once owned the land where Denver, Colorado is now located. He was a prospector with needs

and sold that land in exchange for a mule. Of the 8 prospectors who in 1858 first settled where Denver now is,

four were from Bellefonte.

 

 

Across from that and up on a higher rise, is the Hastings Mansion. The Red Lion Inn used to

be here in the 1830's, but in the 1890's Governor Hastings bought it and faced the wooden frame

of the inn with brick and added a wing and the portico.

 

 

 

 

It has a Mansard roof and pilasters and pediments on its dormers

 

 

Another house across Allegheny as we got closer to town

 

 

This one I mainly took because I liked the tree

 

 

The small downtown area is also very Victorianly interesting. Even the small shops are in buildings that

look like this. This is the Crider Exchange building with the First Nat'l Bank attached on the left.

 

 

An old picture of this corner from the Fred D. Smith collection and below, looking up North Allegheny

past the Crider Exchange on the left.

 

 

 

Then across the street just past that was the court house. Marshall and Eden parked near this.

 

 

And Marshall specifically wanted Eden to notice that the weather vane is a trout. There's a lot of

fly fishing in the area.

 

 

On the corner by the court house is this building. The darker red was the Reynold's bank. Yes, the Reynolds

who built the big mansion on Linn. To its left is the Garman house Hotel.

 

 

Across from the courthouse is the Brockerhoff  Hotel, which was built at the end of the Civil War.

In the 1890's the 4th floor and Mansard roof design was added. From front to back, that lower corner

you see is now a big Dairy Queen, and Carl and I went in there for a set-a-spell and an ice cream cone.

 

 

The way the Brockerhoff originally looked. Also from the Fred D. Smith collection.

 

 

Looking back at the court house from the Dairy Queen.

 

 

Carl getting the ice cream cones.

 

 

East High Street, which runs along the side of the Dairy Queen, brought us unexpectedly to the Plaza Center, which is where

Marshall bought the white wooden dollhouse for Eden. It's a co-op of dealers who sell antiques and collectibles, but was

originally a theater with a 30x60 foot stage, an orchestra pit, and a pipe organ.

 

 

Inside it's divided into individual seller areas. There are hundreds of them, these areas, on several

levels. I walked quickly through it looking to see if the white dollhouse might still be there, but it

wasn't. (I'd seen it online in an ad for the place.) This was the only dollhouse I saw, this metal one,

but I had one exactly like this when I was a kid.

 

 

We kept on down East High toward Spring Street again. This old building on the corner dates from

Victorian times.

 

 

We walked up Spring St. back toward the car, waylaid by these glowing mums.

 

 

Nice double-gabled house.

 

 

This was a smaller B&B called Riffles and Runs.

 

 

We didn't get down to the park, but I took a picture as we drove out of town, showing the spillway.

 

 

Then back on 220 heading toward State College, I managed to get a shot of Rockview Prison. It was from here

the two convicts escaped and then took Marshall hostage.

 

BACK TO JO'S OTHER PLACE

 

BACK TO AUTUMN OUT MY CAR WINDOW

 

BACK TO WELLINGTON AUTUMN

 

BACK TO SUNLIT WATER

 

BACK TO THE VIEW FROM THE SUMMIT

 

BACK TO DOES A LEAF HAVE A TALE?  part 1

  

BACK TO IF I SHOULD SPEND AN HOUR ALONE

 

BACK TO WASHINGTON WAS EVERYWHERE!

BACK TO AN AUTUMN FARM ON THE WAY

BACK TO UPHILL AT DUFF IN AUTUMN

BACK TO AUTUMN BY MY HOUSE

BACK TO A BITTERSWEET DAY AT BUSHY RUN

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