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The Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast

Youghiogheny

The Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast

Location Details

PHONE: 724-628-5520
ADDRESS: 1044 Highland St
Leisenring, PA 15455
HOURS: Phone ahead

Description

Leisenring now looks like a perfect place for a bed and breakfast, with its serene surroundings and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, but it was not always so. In 1881 this coal and coke “patch town” was created for the workers of the Leisenring #1 mine owned by the Connellsville Coke and Iron Company and later H.C. Frick Coal Co. While modest housing was provided for workers, companies knew they had to do more for their higher-ranking employees. In 1886, the H.C. Frick company built a larger residence for the Leisenring mine superintendent, located just up the street from the mine entrance. During the heyday of the coking industry, many people called this split-house home, since superintendents changed often as they quickly moved up the ladder and away from the small patch towns. With the decline of the industry through the 20th century, the community’s life became more sedate and many of the company houses, including this one, passed into private hands.

Innkeeper George Zubeck’s family bought the former superintendent’s home in 1948, and he has lived there all his life. He recalls how it was the “American Dream” to own a house and land at that time. Zubeck’s father was a miner, as had been his grandfather who was one of the few survivors of the Darr Mine explosion in 1907. While Zubeck himself never worked in the mines, he can remember a time not too long ago when the town was still run by the coal companies and the hills seemed to be on fire from the burning coke ovens.

The once-fiery hills are green again, and now in retirement George and his wife Dianna have turned their long-time home into the Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, hoping to share a bit of the region’s heritage and their own with passersby.

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