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Tour the lavish homes of the Bramwell millionaires

May 23, 2016

You’re invited to step back in time. The Historic town of Bramwell’s Spring Tour of Homes, scheduled for June 4, will whisk you away on a timeless tale of life in the early 1900s. From tea parties to balls, the ladies and gentlemen of Bramwell lived quite differently than we do today.

Walk down the brick streets lined with historic mansions and beautiful gardens. Peek inside homes built for lavish lifestyles. Formal dining rooms with crystal chandeliers above priceless table settings give hints about a generation that lived in luxury.

Bramwell, tucked away in Mercer County, is home to elaborate houses , all built during the early 1900s by wealthy coal owners and operators. Those homes still stand and are open to the public every June and December.

This year, guests can visit The Pack House, Jairus Collins House, the Curtis Bishop House and Thomas house.

 The Pack house built by Buckeye Coal and Coke Company has oak columns separating the foyer and formal living room. The house overlooks the Bluestone River and is filled with antique furnishings from the turn of the century.

Don’t be surprised, but the Jairus Collins house is painted purple! It is three stories with a rose patterned stained glass window in the foyer and the east side of the stairwell. The formal dining room features a crystal chandelier. You don’t want to miss the sunroom on the third floor! This house was built by Mr. Collins, who was a coal operator in the Pocahontas mine. He built his mansion for his family.

Curtis Bishop’s house is also filled with priceless antiques. The yellow house on Main Street also features a garden. This house was also built by Mr. Collins.

Wow, the Thomas House sits on 17 acres, overlooking the town of Bramwell. It was built by W. H. Thomas in 1909-1912. This was the most expensive home in the town. It cost $95,000. That was a lot of money back then!  The house features a ballroom on the third floor. Care to dance anyone?

Tickets for the event can be purchased on June 4 at 1 p.m. at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church in the middle of town.   The tour is from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. After the tour, grab dinner at The Corner Shop.

*Houses are subject to change.

This post was last updated on May 23, 2019


  • Jan M Ellis says:

    I am thinking about bringing my dad and his sister. They both are not in good health. We will probably need to push them in a wheelchair. Is there transportation to the houses by shuttle or is it a walking tour. Thanks
    Jan Ellis
    1224 Eagle Ridge Raod
    Milford, OH 45150

    • Erica Siebert says:

      We are so glad that you are considering coming to the Bramwell Home Tour. It is a walking tour however, the homes are close to each other because the houses were built in the early 1900’s and therefore not handicap accessible. If you have any further questions please call our office at 1-800-221-3206

  • John Husband says:

    You have the wrong date listed above. The tour date is June 10, 2017 not June 4.

    • Jamie Null says:

      Hi John,

      That is actually a story from 2016, not 2017. Last year the event was held on June 4, 2016. A new version of the same article is on the website with this year’s info. We are sorry if it caused any confusion.

  • Barbara Winter says:

    Our Gary High School class of 60 is thinking about having a reunion that would be close to your house tours. Could you please tell me what date you will be doing your house tours. Also is there a place near by where we can spend a night and do you have places where we could eat?

    • Erica Seibert says:


      The spring home tours will be the second Saturday in June for 2020. There are several bed and breakfast locations in both Bramwell and Bluefield. There are also hotels in Princeton and Bluefield, which would only be about 20-30 minutes away from Bramwell. Feel free to call our office for more information. We are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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