In 1828, the Fox family began building a summer home near the intersection of the Allegheny and Clarion Rivers. It was a very nice summer home for a very rich Philadelphia family — one that had ties to Pennsylvania founder William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and many business holdings in the commonwealth.
The nearby town of Foxburg gets its name from the influential Fox family. Their summer home is part of the Riverstone Estate and is now part of a fabulous property. There are 26 structures on over 1,200 acres of a beautifully landscaped estate with 23 ponds and over 50 miles of ATV trails. Members of the Fox family are buried in its private cemetery. The Riverstone Estate is one of the East Coast’s most historic properties and is priced at $15 million.
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The original family mansion had five bedrooms and was built of sandstone taken from the property. Additions and the latest renovations in 2002 brought it completely up to date without losing any of its charms.
Each of the 26 rooms in the mansion features a different hardwood and custom woodwork and the 17 fireplaces are also unique. There are 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 4 powder rooms, and an English-style Pub. You can enjoy a library, music room, wine cellar, and conservatory. Or, you can step outside and explore the estate.
Every one of the 26 buildings on the property has been built with an eye to beauty and practicality. Six miles of river frontage hold a wide variety of locations for activities. The equestrian complex, for example, was redesigned in 2003 to mimic and incorporate the original dairy barns. It includes a 200×100 foot events center with a clear span indoor riding arena and dust control system, carriage museum, and residences for barn staff.
There are several barns for various types of livestock, an aviary, a chicken house, a dovecote, and a garden house. There is even a sugar house for making maple syrup on the property. The greenhouse was designed by Lord & Burnham and the 1876 carriage house by Philadelphia architect Frank Furness. Timber stone structures include a garage, house, and cottage all designed by the well-known architect Lee Ligo.
The Riverstone Estate is conveniently located near I-80 and the Emlenton Municipal Airport. The charming riverfront town of Foxburg with restaurants, shops, a library, and an art gallery are nearby. While it has been enjoyed as private property, it could become a popular convention center or a corporate retreat. There are many potential uses for this unique, historic location because it already has a variety of facilities in place.
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