Relive the Victorian era in the small town of Bramwell. At one time, this charming town was home to the most millionaires per capita in the country, all coal barons who made their fortune from nearby mines.
Begin your day in Bramwell by strolling down Millionaire Row. The brick street features sprawling estates of former coal barons, complete with fascinating details like intricate woodwork, stained glass and stone imported from Europe. One house even has a built-in vacuum system! Here are a few houses worth looking for:
This Revival Tudor style home that overlooks the town took 3 years to complete and cost nearly $95,000 at the time of construction. It was the last house built in Bramwell to be constructed by a coal baron.
Edward Cooper House
You can’t miss the Cooper House – just look for the copper roof! At the time of its construction, it was the only home with a copper roof in the United States. Oh, and did we mention that on the property there’s a building that houses a still functional indoor swimming pool?
Isaac T. Mann House
The turrets of Mann House make it a can’t miss destination, and the porch follows a bend in the Bluestone River. Across the river, Mann built a “playhouse” for his children and their governess that is the size of a bungalow.
The Goodwill House sits above Bramwell on a rolling hill. This mansion has a spacious ballroom on the 3rd floor, and an elevator, of course.
Historic Bramwell Bank
This bank was one of the wealthiest banks in the world! But when you’re in a town with 17 millionaires, that’s to be expected.
For a more detailed look inside the mansions of Bramwell, visit during a historic homes tour. They happen twice a year: once in June and once in December.
Once you’ve explored Millionaire Row, swing in The Corner Shop for a bite to eat. This former pharmacy is now a cafe – and the original soda fountain is still intact!
Wrap-up an exciting, history-filled day at the Bramwell Depot. This former railroad stop is now a museum and gift shop where you can learn more about the millionaires, mines and more.