The building this Georgian house of exceptionally elegant proportions is attributed to the efforts of three men. In the middle of the 18th century, Walter Tolley Worthington constructed the wing of the present main house. His son, John, planned more ambitiously to build the central hall and east wing when, according to local history, it is said, a disastrous card game, the house was lost in a bet, and all work was halted. The west side of the house remained bricked-up until Mr. C. Wilbur Miller, the current occupant’s grandfather, completed Worthington’s project. So skillfully has the addition been made that it is difficult to tell where the pre-Revolutionary house ends, and the modern construction begins. Two Rhinehart mantels in the dining room and living room are particularly interesting. Four separate gardens, including a walled kitchen garden and a charming rock garden have been renovated by the present owners.
I was able to meet the owner who was selling/collecting the tickets at the door. We were not allowed to take photos so I will try to describe the general layout. You entered into a center "hall" that took up a third of the main floor. There was a door to the backyard, a staircase, doors to the living room on one side and one to the dining room on the other side at the back of the house. In the front on the right was a hallway that led to a guest bathroom and small den and on the left was a hallway to a smaller dining room, another staircase to the second level, and a hallway leading to the modern kitchen. Next to that was the original house (on the left) and contained a 1700s walk-in fireplace for cooking. . .
Stepping out the back you can see the steps leading out the back door of the main house's hall. . .
I was reluctant to leave, but there were more houses and gardens to tour.
At the other end of the porch was a small dining area with a half-door also. We could see into the kitchen from there. We didn't get to see what was in the room attached at the from on that side. . .
What it had going for it, though, was its view! The write-up should have noted that you could see the mountains in Pennsylvania. . .