Irvine-Newbold Estate walking tour June 27

Photo submitted to Times Observer Irvine-Newbold house, 1926.

With Warren County’s rich history, there are many stories to be retold and landmarks to be remembered. The Irvine-Newbold Estate in Irvine provides both.

On Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., the Wilder Museum of Warren County History will offer a tour of the formerly grand estate.

The Irvine family claimed ownership of the lush and rich grounds after General William Irvine first scouted this area in 1787. He selected a large portion of the area along the Allegheny River for his family. A sprawling estate was erected and quickly became the picture of prosperity.

The estate was passed down through the family and to the final residents, the locally-famous Newbold sisters. The estate fell into disrepair, and the landmark mansion was razed in 1973. Fortunately and interestingly, remnants of the once great property are still there, including the ice house along the water’s edge and various foundation pieces.

The tour of the grounds will be led by Nathan Gabriel, district archaeologist of the Allegheny National Forest in the Bradford District. After studying Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Gabriel became a field archaeologist, specializing in arborglyph carvings and mapping and cataloging late 19th-century logging and mining cabin sites out west.

For the tour of the Irvine-Newbold Estate, Gabriel states that he plans to focus “on the state of the property, where and what the buildings were, what is gone and damaged, and general background history of the Irvine family,” among other things.

Those who wish to take the walking tour should meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Wilder Museum, 51 Erie Avenue, Irvine. The cost of the tour will be $5 per person. Proper footwear is a must. All proceeds benefit the Wilder Museum of Warren County History.

Seasonal hours for the museum are Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, museum hours, and events listings, call the Warren County Historical Society at (814)723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org, or find the Wilder Museum on Facebook.

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