1803 – Bellefonte, PA

Added to OHD on 3/19/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/16/20   -   32 Comments
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2102 Axemann Rd, Bellefonte, PA 16823

  • $14,900
  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 625 Sq Ft
This cottage is a true historic gem! Believed to have been built in 1803, this 200+ year old cottage is a rare find. The property backs to Logan Branch, a great local trout stream. This property would make a great fishing cottage for the serious trout fisherman. There is a beautiful brick built wood burning fireplace. The stonework and much of the historic woodwork is still in pretty good condition. The roof is in need of repair and water has caused some damage to the structure of the floor and caused it to bow. This property is in need of some major repairs, it would make a great restoration project. There is public water, sewer, and natural gas to the property. The land backs to the stream and a portion of it is in the flood zone but the Cottage is not. The owner also has 5.40 wooded acres across the street available for $39,000. See MLS #42016. Call today! This property won't last long.
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Scott McMaster, Re/Max,
(814) 231-8200

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32 Comments on 1803 – Bellefonte, PA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12233 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m really only posting this because I find the structure interesting. I’m not expecting someone to grab this and make a home out of it.

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    • Steve M. says: 31 comments

      May the (centrifugal) force be with you! And it is, on this particular curve, a fact duly noted by the local chapter of the MAACP (Mothers Ardently Against Cell Phones), who point out that the natural tendency of a vehicle whose pilot is busy checking new unfriends is to move away from the house, not towards it. It’s the folks in the Big House across the street who should be installing air bags among the limestone blocks of their front wall.

      If ever there were ample testament to the foresight of our forefathers, it is in the construction of this building, designed, according to surviving documents, by one Ephaliah Shephard “to withstand the inertia of a Humer (sic).”

      Regarding size, it is perhaps important to bear in mind that to the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants even today, this would be a very large house and extraordinarily well built. Of course these are cultures where pigs (of the non-materialistic variety) still run in the yards and whose languages do not yet contain words for “granite,” “stainless steel,” and “credit default swap.”

      This is a beautiful structure. This is also where the word “quoined” was quoined. The quality and durability of construction combined with the smaller size and near four-square configuration make me think along the lines of “schoolhouse.” Or shop. Could be a bit later than the date claimed, although I presume the Italianate brackets and split-spindle posts are added. However even a date as late as 1855 wouldn’t be out of the question. It shouldn’t be too hard to research, and no doubt being highway-side, it will show up on maps of the 1850s or 1870s at the latest, probably with an owner’s name and perhaps a use.

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    • Karen says: 6 comments

      I loved everything about it too till I saw exactly where it was – right on top of the road. I’m thinking the price is meant for someone who will move it. There is no way 2 steps out your front door you’ll be flattened by a car, truck or moose?

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  2. MW says: 923 comments

    Well, tiny homes are apparently a current hipster trend. It is not a bad looking little building on the outside. The worse thing I see is that front yard is maybe a little bit too minimal for my personal liking for that kind of road.

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  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12233 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Perhaps but my thinking was you step out the door and you are in the road. Plus, where the heck would you park your car? Not to mention the idiots that go around that curve 100 MPH and BAM right into your house, car or as you step outside. Maybe I’m just super paranoid? 🙂

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    • MW says: 923 comments

      Agree, that was what I meant by too minimal of a front yard.

      As far as a car hitting it, I thought about that too. But I guess it hasn’t happened yet in 200 years. Maybe that is why they have those trees there to help protect against potential car impacts! LOL. Not great for the house and foundation, but maybe a potential life saver some day.

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    • says: 434 comments

      Well, in the realtor’s description it does say “Won’t last long”!

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  4. Melody says: 501 comments

    I’d be more concerned about the snowplow burying my house. It’s cute, but I’d like it further away from civilization.

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  5. Kellie says: 1 comments

    If I lived local to this place, and it was about 6 years down the road, I would consider it.

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  6. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1031 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    If ever there were a candidate for house relocation, this adorable cottage would be it — especially with the additional wooded acreage the owner is selling.

    But the proximity to the highway, and on a sharp curve? No way.

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  7. Ken Ball says: 9 comments

    This one is a memory. I lived in Bellefonte for 17yrs and would pass this place every day heading to and from work. It really is I cool little place. Moved from bellefonte 15yrs ago. There is a very large farm house across the street that was always very pretty.

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  8. says: 16 comments

    The location is unfortunate. Before seeing that I was thinking it looked like a great getaway cottage or as MW said, follows the trend toward smaller houses and reclaimed materials. Maybe someone can move it or salvage/rebuild it with that in mind.

    I also keep seeing it as a great writer’s cottage. Perfect for the writing the novel I keep saying I am going to start. 🙂

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  9. Laurie W. says: 1700 comments

    Wish they had photos of the inside. Thanks for the informative disquisition, Steve — now you do have me wondering about its original purpose, maybe something to do with the farm across the street? Its main drawback to me is that it’s in a semi-industrial neighborhood. Hard to tell if it is becoming industrial or is fading-industrial. It’s a very attractive little building.

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  10. Oak Hall says: 142 comments

    You could buy it and the 5 acres across the road, move it across the road (and a comfortable distance from the road) and have a really great place.

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  11. MW says: 923 comments

    I could be wrong and am no building moving expert, but I suspect that being stone with likely old weak mortar, it wouldn’t survive an intact move across the street very well. But I guess it could be documented well, deconstructed and then rebuilt somewhere else without a crazy amount of effort. It appears to be basically about the size of one decent room in a normal bigger house. So other than the stone parts, would be a pretty easy task. But, then you’d still end up with a tiny little building that you have quite a bit of money into per sf. But could be a very cute accessory building on a larger property and used as a studio or guest house.

    I don’t usually advocate building moves unless is the last resort. But given the location here so close to the high speed road and also being close to the stream, I’d say moving this one might be the best way to save it from further neglect or even destruction.

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  12. francine says: 5 comments

    seems the building is no longer listed – according to RE agent site

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  13. JimH says: 5400 comments

    This is a beautiful, well-constructed building with some excellent detail – I’d love to see the interior. It needs quite a bit of work obviously, but for a small weekend cabin near a stream, why not?

    If a car were ever to hit it, I’m pretty sure the cabin would get the better of it with minimal damage, especially with large trees protecting it on both sides.

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  14. John Shiflet says: 5562 comments

    The location certainly works against this one. Pity, because Bellefonte is often paired with “Victorian” because of the abundance of Victorian era structures in town. Not sure what purpose this very old structure might be put to today. I agree with Steve this likely started out as some type of early shop or commercial structure. The Italianate brackets were added later as Steve mentioned. At some point the shop or commercial use was changed to residential use and the diminutive porch was added, probably about the same time as the corbels/brackets under the eaves. Looks very solid but the detached frame structure is in ruins. It would take a talented, creative individual to give this one a new purpose. Maybe as an artist’s cottage? I’d worry about the road nearby in any case.

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  15. Augman says: 1 comments

    I couldn’t find this on Bing’s bird’s-eye or Google Maps street view. Both programs put me in front of what looks like some sort of meat processing plant (complete with waste pool). Then I move down the street and still can’t seem to find the house. It appears that some of you have found it… any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12233 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      In the more information box at the top of the photos, to the right of the description, is a link to the street view and puts you directly in front of the house.

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      • Augman says: 42 comments

        Thanks, Kelly! I’m in the habit of just copying and pasting the address into Bing or Google Maps instead of trying the link on the page!

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  16. Augman says: 42 comments

    How could this be only 15 minutes from Penn State and not be in high demand ? The inside must look like that pile-o-frame on the outside:)

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  17. Tommy Q says: 446 comments

    well if you had to live in this town and the cottage is off the market, you could always purchase this wonderful pile…

    http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/251-N-Allegheny-St_Bellefonte_PA_16823_M47349-80461?row=43

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  18. susan mecca urbanczyk says: 1109 comments

    When I can’t sleep at night I look at houses and love to look at the endangered list. This house is adorable but so close to the road. You could purchase it and move it back some. My mother lives across from me in a house as old as mine. She is very close to the road and over the years has had cars crash into her house so I wouldn’t doubt that is a possibility here.

    Thanks for the pictures John. What a cute town with some amazing homes.

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  19. RitaB says: 106 comments

    Loved your comments, Steve M. I love the front of this house and the water in the back. Living a couple of years in western PA, I observed that really old stone houses were almost always right up on top of the road in front of them like they are in old villages in Great Britain. Step out your door and into the road. The other thing I noticed was that so many of the people native to the area had no desire to live in the older houses. My own inlaws moved out of a wonderful turn of the century house because it was “old”. Probably hard to heat, too, but there just seemed to be no appreciation of those homes.

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  20. Amy Johnson says: 5 comments

    Why not just move it and plunk it somewhere else! For that $ it would be worth it to move it into a field down the road a piece.

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  21. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 826 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    SOLD 4/10/2015 (Realtor).

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