Monday, May 23, 2011
Vandergrift (Vancroft) Mansion, Wellsburg
The home was called the playground for the rich. It offered swimming pools, hunting, horse racing, gambling, prostitution, alcohol, and all sorts of entertainment activities. Each room has an international theme, decorated with pieces from all over the world. After Vandergrift, the home was purchased by the Brinker family, who allowed a silent film to be shot on the property. The Knights of St. George, followed by the William Penn Society both owned the home, before the present owners, the Catholic Knights, took over in 1991. At one point, they operated an assisted living nursing home on the property.
The house also has a ghost. A young lady is rumored to have hung herself out in the stables after her husband discovered that she was having an affair. She has been seen wandering about the property, doomed to forever roam the place where she took her own life.
Today, the house is known as Aspen Manor and serves as a Bed and Breakfast. In November of 2009, the mansion made headlines when a paranormal investigation group located bones, believed to be human remains, behind a wall. Unfortunately for the paranormal community (but much to the relief of many others, I imagine) the bones did not turn out to be of human origin.