Mansion History

  • Bellefonte February 22nd, 1855

    To the Executive Committee of the Penna. State Agricultural Society


    Feeling a deep interest in the early and efficient organization of the Farmers High School of Pennsylvania, I have observed with pleasure that the Legislature […]



    Moses Thompson (1810 – Jun. 19, 1891)

    Moses Thompson was born in 1810 on a farm along Branch Road (near the current Hills Plaza). He married Mary Irvin on January 4, 1838, and with her had six children […]

  • John Patton (1792-1798)

    Centre Furnace co-founder John Patton appears to have been the original resident of Centre Furnace. His partner, Samuel Miles, lived outside Philadelphia and traveled to Centre County, but never lived here. Patton sold his interest in Centre […]

  • The Centre Furnace Mansion was where the Centre Furnace ironmaster and his family resided Here, the ironmaster could oversee the operations of the furnace business, located within view from the southwest corner of the house. It is appropriately called a mansion, since a mansion is the largest house in a village. This was the largest [...]

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