- 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.
I am aware that many of you have noticed that it has been quiet on our social media lately. I had wondered if anyone would notice the digital silence. Sometimes out of sight is out of mind but this house has a presence that is difficult to ignore. The house is not being ignored. I don’t think it would be possible for us to ignore it. I just wanted a break from all the noise that the house creates. Winter is definitely an easy time to take that break. Due to the snowy weather and cold temperatures we can’t accomplish nearly as much in winter. This fall provided enough of a chill that my favorite activity of painting had to be put on hold earlier than usual. I was finally getting the chance to remove the blue paint which has plagued the porch for far too long. Even though we are located on Main Street it was often quiet enough to hear the tiny bristles applying paint to the house. That silence would be quickly interrupted by a generator roaring to life which would then compete