Royer Mansion, located at 3909 Piney Creek Road Williamsburg, PA 16693 was built in 1815. This stone home was named after the Royer family. Samuel and Sarah Royer moved into the home in 1821. Samuel was an area iron master who owned Springfield Furnace. After being blessed with six children, Sarah died in 1832. Samuel remarried in 1835 to Martha, who gave him four additional children. Samuel needed to make additions to the stone home due to the size of his family. In 1856 Samuel passed away in his cherished mansion at the age of 64. Samuel Royer's grandson's wife Carrie Hartman later purchased the family home and was the last Royer family member to live on the site.
The Royer Mansion was finished in 1830 and was the residence of Samuel Royer (above), the owner of the Springfield Furnace. See this interesting home that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carrie loved to entertain many at Royer Mansion, especially children since she had none of her own. Carrie died at Royer Mansion in 1965. After Carrie’s death, the Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission briefly owned this wonderful mansion with intentions of tearing the home down and building a fish hatchery in its place. Thankfully this never happened. In 1984, the Blair County Historical Society purchased the Royer Mansion for $1.00. The Historic Society made minor restorations to the mansion and continues to care for it to this day. In the summer of 2015, a Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission marker was placed on the mansion's front lawn as a testament of its role in the regional iron industry in the 19th century. The mansion has a picnic pavilion which is used by the senior citizen hubs of Blair County, and is also available for other groups to rent.
Royer Mansion is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration. More info to come soon!
The picturesque Royer Mansion in Winter.
Kitchen of Royer Mansion.
Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission marker dedication in the summer of 2015.
Blair County Historical Society Physical Site: Baker Mansion 3419 Oak Lane Altoona, PA 16602