Deep in the backwoods of Clearfield County lies a stately 2nd Empire and Italianate mansion built by Samuel Hegarty and his wife, Josephine Bell. The privately-owned, 3-story circa 1860s mansion is open for public tours during the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
If you have ever traveled from Janesville to Glen Hope on state Route 729 or from Smokerun to Utahville on Cross Roads Blvd., chances are the stunning Victorian mansion caught your eye.
The Hegarty family, for which the mansion is named, immigrated to the United States from Ireland. John Hegarty bought the land where the present day mansion stands, and it would become the Cross Roads Farm. John is thought to be the first settler in Beccaria Township. His estate contained 300 acres and a log cabin.
Samuel Hegarty was one of John Hegarty’s four sons. When John passed away, Samuel assisted his mother with running the farm. Samuel built the mansion and opened a coal mine and general store in Coalport. He worked in the hardware business and banking.
After Samuel Hegarty’s death in 1895, Josephine stayed at the mansion with their son, Allison Leslie (A.L.) and his wife, Mae Belle Hegarty. Josephine died in 1928. Allison and Mae Belle were the last Hegartys to live at the mansion.
The mansion remained a private residence for many years until it was purchased by Earth House Inc. of East Millstone in 1993. Earth House treated individuals with chronic psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia.
A few years later, the mansion was purchased by its present owner who began restoration on the home. It remains a private residence, but is open to the public for seasonal events.
Hegarty Mansion is home to the Ravenwood Manor haunted attraction, Victorian Christmas tours and Victorian tea parties.
As the hot summer air fades to a cool October breeze, Hegarty Mansion transforms into Ravenwood Manor, Central Pennsylvania’s largest haunted attraction. Thrill seekers who dare to enter its dark halls are greeted with misery, madness and mayhem. Seasoned monsters lurk around every corner, and they’re hungry for unsuspecting guests.
In late autumn, the mansion morphs from frightful to delightful. Victorian Christmas tours begin in mid-December and continue into mid-January. Guests are treated to a self-guided audio tour of the mansion that includes 17 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Costumed attendants, strolling carolers and a harpist assist spread holiday cheer.
Victorian tea parties are held periodically in the spring by reservation and are available upon request. Guests are encouraged to take a step back in time during a one-hour luncheon that includes a self-guided tour.
Hegarty Mansion is available for photography shoots and events. For more information, visit www.hegartymansion.com or add Raven Wood on Facebook.