The Bevin House was built in 1872 by Philo Bevin, who joined his three brothers in the Bevin Brothers Manufacturing co. Since 1832, this factory made a wide variety of bells; from sleigh bells, cow bells, tea bells, to call bells & many more. They were the largest supplier of bells in the early 1900's. Philo had the mansion built late in his life as a testament to his achievements and to be known as the wealthiest man in town. Nearly two centuries later, and six generations of the Bevins, they are still producing bells today. In the 1940's, it was home to Alice Bevin, a world renowned artist. She was the granddaughter of Philo Bevin and much beloved by her neighbors. She left a mark on this home by painting murals in the third floor bathroom and in the barn where she had her studio.
The Bevin House is a three-story French Empire style mansion and boasts a huge wrap around porch, original leaded windows, a grand central hallway and staircase, library, formal parlor, modern cook's kitchen and original outbuildings. There are unique architectural details inside and out including 12' ceilings, 10' arched doorways, etched glass doors, massive crown molding and so much more.
The mansion has a total of 7,262 square feet, of which 4600 is living space.
This was the first home to have central heating in town. The mansion went through a complete overhaul in 2005 and again in 2016 adding state-of-the-art heating /cooling and electrical systems. The entire house has been furnished with authentic and reproduction furniture letting you experience time in a 1872 mansion.
The original 3700 sq. ft. barn still stands on the property today. One of the walls has a mural hand-painted by Alice Bevin, most likely in the 1940's. The door going down to the stalls still has the names and dates of horses that were stalled there. The barn will be going through some restoration during the next few years.