Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Grubb Mansion
Historic Pottstown Walking Tour
The Grubb Mansion, located at 1304 High Street, is a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1906 by William I. Grubb. Mr. Grubb began his career as a slater and a carpenter. In 1893, at the age of 37, he formed a bicycle manufacturing company in a small shop along Queen Street between Charlotte and Evans Streets. In 1895, the company, known as the Light Cycle Co., moved to a new, three-story brick factory at Queen and Union Streets. During the next 35 years, the Light Cycle Co. manufactured bicycles, the Flying Merkel motorcycle, and the Chadwick automobile. While working on the Chadwick, Mr. Grubb became friends with Henry Ford, who shared Grubb's interest in the die-casting process. Mr. Ford stayed at the property on several occasions.
In 1925, Mr. Grubb sold the property to the Weitzenkorn family, well-known Pottstown merchants, who lived in the house until 1954. At that time, the mansion was purchased by the AFL-CIO labor union and was used for offices.
George and Joan Wausnock bought the building in 1989 and spent a year and a half restoring it. The Mansion has been individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been featured in Country Home magazine in an article on the use of antiques in an office environment. An article in The Antique Toy magazine highlighted George's collection
— George Wausnock
Erected 2002 by George Wausnock and Pottstown 250th Anniversary Committee.
Location. 40° 14.598′ N, 75° 37.254′ W. Marker is in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and Mt. Vernon Street, on the right when traveling east on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1304 E. High Street, Pottstown PA 19464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Annie Wittenmyer (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hill School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pottstown Historical Society (approx. one mile away); Pottstown War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); G.A.R. Statue (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bahr Arcade (approx. 1.4 miles away); Graham Post No. 106 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Philadelphia Steam Engine Fire Co. #1 (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pottstown.
Also see . . . The Flying Merkel. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.