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Address: 1311 West Main Street, Springfield, OH 45504-2815
Phone Number:
+1 937-322-7668
13:00 - 15:00
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Sat - Sun 13:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Built in 1839, the Pennsylvania House was a popular and respected inn along...

Built in 1839, the Pennsylvania House was a popular and respected inn along the National Road. The 7000 square foot Federal-style structure was built using tenon and mortise construction. The Pennsylvania House has been included on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. The first floor houses one of America's finest button collections. A gift of Lagonda Chapter member Grace Porter upon her death in 1948, the collection of 100,000 buttons offers a historic showcase of one of fashion's favorite forms of adornment and status. The recent restoration saw the re-interpretation of several rooms to reflect the house's use and function as an inn and tavern from 1839 to 1869. This can be seen in the recreation of the tap room, general store, ladies parlor or formal dining room, and the drovers' room. The first floor assembly room offers a pictorial timeline showing the house's place within local and national history. It is accompanied by a display of artifacts from the entire lifespan of the house discovered during the basement's excavation. The second floor children's room spotlights a fully furnished, twelve-room Federal dollhouse donated by Lagonda Chapter member Ruth Bayley. It contains period furniture in black walnut and cherry handcrafted by John Kunkel. In the 1870s, Drs. Samuel and Ada Adams rented space in the house for their joint medical practice. A second floor room in the 1850s wing has been furnished with medical equipment of the period including Dr. Samuel Adams' electroschock therapy kit.

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Nice and extra Special with Christmas decorations

Excellent furniture and belongings to represent the interesting historic past this house has had. The DAR -Daughters of the American Revolution do a special Christmas decoration... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2016
Debra D
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Dayton OH
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70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you like well maintained historic homes, this DAR tended gem is for you. Who would have thought that there would also be an extensive button collection? Docents can be requested for a more detailed and interesting experience.

Thank Peru-love
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5 reviews
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Excellent furniture and belongings to represent the interesting historic past this house has had. The DAR -Daughters of the American Revolution do a special Christmas decoration visit.

Thank Debra D
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Wonderful tour on a busy day. The house is packed with history and one tour on a busy day is not enough. I will go back

1 Thank Cherrymom
Management response:

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Pennsylvania House Museum. Yes it was a busy day and we appreciate each and every one of you who visited. On Dec 5 th we have our Christmas Open House you can take as long as you like on that day as there will be a costumed docent in each... More 

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660 reviews
435 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

We drove down to Springfield after church and the docents allowed us to join a tour in progress, then gave just our family the portion of the tour we had missed. The structure has survived a fire, two renovations, and numerous uses over the years and is now a first rate museum run by the Daughters of the American Revolution.... More 

1 Thank Paul S
Management response:

We at the PA House are so glad you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for mentioning that we are owned and operated by the DAR, run entirely by volunteers. The house is our pride and joy, we love sharing it with everyone. More 

Paris, Kentucky
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37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed the history of this inn. I was pleasantly surprised by the button collection, and I know it sounds crazy, but it was quite fascinating. Yes, buttons, and yes, fascinating!!!

2 Thank ahcanupp
Management response:

Thank you for your kind words. I'm thrilled you loved the button room its a real source of pride for us. More 

New Carlisle, Ohio
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59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2014

This is a quiet gem that needs to be seen. This was the gateway to the west in the early 1800's The house is 1800's inn and of good size. There is a lot of furniture and other items to be seen. Our historical society given private tour and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. If you are in Ohio... More 

Thank Randy O
Management response:

Thank You for your kind words. We at the Lagonda Chapter DAR (owner and operator of the PA House) do our best to insure you have a great tour. You may be wondering why we are responding so late to this review. Well we now have someone in place to respond to this web site whereas before we did not.... More 

Columbus, Indiana
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136 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2014

My wife and I arrived on a Sunday, 10 minutes before the house closed for the day. We are from out of town so we could not come back another time. The Daughter of the American Revolution staff member and 2 other outstanding volunteers agreed to stay over and give us the tour. It took an hour and we are... More 

Thank alliancemark
Management response:

Thank you for your kind remarks about the PA House...we think its something special too. Previously we did not have anyone in place to respond to reviews but social media demands we all move into the future or be left behind. So while the house remains as it was (or as close as possible) in the past our management and... More 

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

I have been to the Pennsylvania House on numerous occasions. One of my favorite times to visit this house is at Christmas time. The house is beautifully decorated for the period and has many, many lovely poinsettias throughout. Music is playing and they serve gingerbread and hot cider. You even get to see the THIRD floor of the house. When... More 

Thank Vivian T
Management response:

Right you are,not many museums allow you to view the 3rd floor, but we wouldn't want you to miss the PA House 3rd floor. I know this respond seems a bit late but we only just go with the program and social media...while the house remains historical we want to move into the future. This year a special event day... More 

Springfield, Ohio, United States
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Educational experience for the whole family .. Great history and great place for pictures . Almost as good as air force museum .

Thank Debra H
Management response:

We are working towards making it even more fun for the kids so they will find history a joy not a drudge. Recently we have moved into social media, that's why you are only getting a response now. We truly hope you will come join us again soon, we have 2 up coming events on one the 11 Oct and... More 

Belleview, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2013

We went round and round the block at this address. There is a full city block w/ trees and landscaping, but sadly the house has been torn down.

3 Thank Lottie E
Management response:

Hmmm, you know sometimes my GPS has taken me to places other than what I thought I put in, maybe this is what happened in your case. The Pennsylvania House is still standing, and doing great at the ripe age of 176! Please come visit, we look forward to seeing you. More 

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