The story of Brick House Bed and Breakfast began in 1820 when the house was built. Yost and Magdeline Smith settled in Western Pennsylvania along the meandering Redbank Creek in Oak Ridge. The couple’s beautifully constructed three-story home was built from brick produced in their own backyard kiln. If you tour the basement and third floor, you will see all of the original beams are still in place. The beams are all exposed along with door frames and original wood floors.
Our guestrooms are named after the village of Oak Ridge and other nearby villages: New Bethlehem, Seminole, Hawthorn, and Putneyville. Each of these villages adds their own significant history to the region. The next 2 rooms were named after our granddaughters, Lydia and Hannah, and the last room named Louie after two important people; one as a friend Louie Perseghetti and the other as family Louie Zamperini.
Another interesting feature of Brick House Bed and Breakfast is the cupola, which was added to the home in the 1870s. As you take the stairs back to the past to the cupola, you can step outside onto the widow’s walk and enjoy a scenic view from all 4 directions, have a seat with a nice cold beverage, read a book or just enjoy the view from what seems like the top of the world. As you travel back down the stairs, take a moment to read some history and look at historic pictures lining the hallways. As you look around, you will see that there is something to be discovered around every corner.
Now going back down to the first floor, we will take you outside to the magnificent deck that leads to a spacious gazebo with a gas fire pit. Looking out over the beautifully landscaped lawn you will notice, tucked into the hillside, Oak Ridge #1 mine shaft. This is a reproduction of what was here almost 150 years ago. From the mine looking slightly up to right you will see the Tree House, added in 2016. 35′ off the ground. The views from either deck are breath taking from spring through fall.
Following your tour of the house and grounds, visit the Eagle Observation Deck (EOD) across the road, which is rolled out every Spring for your enjoyment. We invite you to sit and relax the day away or step down the bank and cast your line to catch some native PA fish. As you are enjoying the view, look skyward occasionally and you may catch a glimpse of one of the bald eagles that soar by.
We hope you enjoy your tour of our very special Bed and Breakfast.
Hope to see you soon!