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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newville in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Byers-Eckels House

The Byers-Eckels House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, February 18, 2016
1. The Byers-Eckels House Marker
Inscription.  By 1846, tax records show a two-story house on this lot. Anthony Byers purchased the property in 1851, and during his ownership it evolved into the Italianate Victorian gem you see today. The house retains much of its architectural integrity, including the gracious long windows and shutters, original doors, double-stacked porches in the rear, and early interior millwork. An unusual feature for a Newville house, a dumb waiter, from the lower level kitchen to the dining room on the street level, was removed in 1985.

When the Confederates occupied Newville in 1863, they stole the lead weights from the family's tall case clock, to be used in making ammunition. However, they missed the Byers family silver, pewter and woolen blankets, which had been buried in the rose garden. The property remained in the family for nearly 100 years. Anthony Byers's daughter Virginia married and Eckels, and she inherited the home after her parents died. Her son Deemer grew up here, and his family occupied the house until his wife, the former Becky Bricker, died in 1950.

Some of Newville's more interesting citizens have lived here. Among those during
The Byers-Eckels House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, February 18, 2016
2. The Byers-Eckels House Marker
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the late 19th and early 20th centuries were Virginia Byers Eckels Seitz, the first telegrapher in town, and her husband B. Frank Seitz, an actor, playwright, poet and resident eccentric known throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Seitz had been trained as a lawyer, but his day job was as the local agent for Adams Express, which was responsible for shipping goods by train throughout the country. In the 1980's, the house was occupied by Bettine Field Carroll Reisky De Dubnic, great granddaughter of department store magnate Marshall Field. The owner in 2008 is Craig Kennedy, teacher, author and historian.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 40° 10.106′ N, 77° 24.057′ W. Marker is in Newville, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 West Spring Avenue, Newville PA 17241, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Presbyterian Church and Manse (a few steps from this marker); Newville Trolley (within shouting distance of this marker); State Police School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Big Spring Hotel (about 600 feet away); Newville War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First National Bank of Newville
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(approx. Ό mile away); Big Spring Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Denning (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 19, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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