- 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.
The F. W. Knox Villa, better known locally as the Old Hickory, has been seen by thousands of people. I’m sure many of them have only ever seen it in photos. I know some of them have never been to the United States, or never to Pennsylvania, or never to Potter County or who have never made it into the small yet charming town of Coudersport. These people have seen the house because someone thought it was worth seeing, they shared a photo. I absolutely love that. I’m thankful for that, that so many people can see the beauty in an old house. They saw that beauty years ago when it was really not looking it’s best. I’m thankful that they saw potential like we did. I hope more people keep seeing the potential in these amazing buildings wherever they live. There is one thing that I don’t like. The comments about our location. It’s far from everyday but I sometimes get comments that we are in a bad area because we are downtown. You might not be aware of this because most of the phot