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Read more about our accomplishments to-date, as well as planned projects in the path to restoring the Mansion House

Completed 2021
Dollhouse Re-Roof

The Samuel Jr Painter House (aka the Dollhouse) is estimated to have been built in 1749. The roof had been in disrepair, and thanks to a generous donation we were able to give the Dollhouse a new roof in March 2021.

Completed 2021
Mansion House First Floor

In early 2021 a tree fell on the Mansion House causing great damage to the roof, third floor, and areas of the first floor. The Mansion House Foundation raised funds for appropriate restoration and together with insurance funds restored 90% of the first floor. The restoration was extensive and included replacing the ballroom ceiling, refinishing the original hardwood floors and installing new hardwood, updating the restroom, tiling the entryway, and replacing the kitchen. The restoration was guided by the Mansion House Foundation who hired historic restoration architects and period designers.

Completed 2021
Phase 1 - Restoration of Gardens

With funds from a generous donor, the beautiful Mansion House gardens were restored to a state that can serve as an extended entertainment area. The new landscaping provided a level surface and pathways where visitors can walk among the renewed plantings and landscaping.

Completed 2022 
National Register of Historic Places
Securing a Determination of Eligibility

The Mansion House Foundation hired a consultant who submitted a phase one application to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. We received approval in October 2022 to be eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Completed 2022-2023
Second Floor Restoration

Donations supported the restoration of a second floor restroom and repairs to basement.

Plans for the Future


Although much progress has been made, much needs to be done as the Mansion House boasts four bedrooms and baths on each of the second and third floors. In 2023, work on the second floor was initiated and will be continued pending grant funds.  It is anticipated that full restoration of the Mansion House will be completed by 2027. Also, in 2024 exterior masonry and iron work will be restored.


In 2024-25, education will continue with open houses and tours of the Mansion House by appointment.

National Register of Historic Places

A phase two application will be submitted in October 2024 to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Radley Run Historic District.

Investigation of the Painter Family Contribution to the Underground Railroad (UGR)

In June and July 2024, two graduate level interns and other volunteers will research the James Painter Family’s involvement with the UGR. It is anticipated that the research will result in a January 2025 application to the National Park Service for the Painter estate to be listed as a site on the UGR Network to Freedom. The interns are supported by grants from foundations affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University.

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