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  • The F. W. Knox Villa is an italiante style home located on Main Street in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.  Construction on the house was completed in May of 1880. At that time it was the home of Franklin W. Knox, a prominent lawyer and businessman. He had seen a similar style home in Pittsburgh and decided to have one constructed for himself. Sourcing a variety of wood species from the surrounding forests, he was able to make his dream home a reality. After F. W. Knox's death, the house passed hands numerous times and found a new role as an inn and tavern. After shuffling owners numerous times, the house eventually fell into what many would call a state of disrepair. Seeing a hidden treasure rather than a dying relic of the past, we became the newest owners of the property in the late summer of 2016. 

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