We are pleased to offer our beautifully renovated one bedroom historic farmhouse located just off of Girard's Main Street. This one-of-a-kind property is being offered for the spring, summer, and fall of 2016: anywhere from two nights to an entire season: May-October. The home sits on over 132 acres of farm and forest land which guests are free to use. Perfect for the discerning guest that appreciates beauty, the apartment boasts hardwood floors, a functional cupola with spectacular views, an updated kitchen and bath as well as historic furnishings. The kitchen is fully furnished with all necessities. The apartment is located on the second floor of this lovely historic home while a museum is located on the first floor.
Enjoy a quite country escape less then 20 minutes away from Erie's famous beaches and Waldameer Park.
The 'Yellow House' will make a perfect short term summer residence for returning snow birds or former Erie-area residents that wish to spend time with their family and friends.
We would be happy to email more images or provide you with a free tour.
The local historical society owns and operates the Yellow House. Your stay helps to support our efforts to preserve other historic properties in Erie County.
Owner / Manager purchased this farmhouse in 1857
The Battles family owned the the property, which includes 50 acres of farmland, 80 acres of woods and hiking trails, and two historic houses on the property.
The history dates back to Asa Battles, born in 1786. He and Elizabeth Brown lived in Chautauqua County until he purchased 300 acres in Girard. He died in 1848, and his 15-year-old son, Rush Sobieski Battles, inherited most if it, as well as the care of his mother and two unwed sisters, Alcina and Lucina. Rush Battles built a yellow Italianate style farmhouse in 1858.
Rush and Henry Webster partnered to create the Webster House of Banking, and Rush married Webster's sister Charlotte. The Charlotte Elizabeth Battles Memorial Museum was named after their only surviving child who attended college, married Charles Barber, traveled and became a businesswoman when she inherited her father's estate and the bank. She donated to the Girard community and funded school construction.
Charlotte Battles, she once wrote a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt in response to his banking moratorium during the Great Depression that said, 'Mr. President, we're minding our business, you do the same. Since I do not presume to tell you how to run the country, please do not presume to tell me how to run my bank.'
We enjoyed this lovely historic farm house and the surrounding trails. It was comfortable, very clean, and relaxing. We traveled to attend a quilt show at the Erie convention center and spent time on Presque Isle.
Our long weekend stay in "the 1858 Battles Yellow Farm House" was very enjoyable. Spotlessly clean, everything we needed was there. A good clean bed, nice bathroom with towels and washcloths, a well appointed kitchen, efficient central air conditioning, all conveniently done and without destroying the visual ambiance of life in the 19th Century. The house is a gem, full of memorabilia from that bygone era in which our fore bearers lived. We especially enjoyed the peace and quiet that also reminded us of those past days in a simpler world. The quaint town center is a short distance away with shopping and restaurants. We want to go back and stay longer and hope that we will be welcomed again so graciously as was chalked on the kitchen blackboard. Thanks to all those responsible for this restoration and the idea of making it available to be enjoyed by the public. The only downsides were the distance from our car to the house and no visible lighting in the parking area. They are minor deficiencies, but worthy of notation. Thank you.
Ron and Joan - Mount Gretna, PA
We had a perfectly delightful stay in this unique historic house. It was *quiet* and wonderful. Near enough to Erie to take advantage of lake activities there. Highly recommended if wanting a get-away-from-it-all atmosphere :-).
Very reasonable price. Easy to find. Very simple check in. Well appointed. Quiet and low tech, just what I was looking for. Slept in every day without interruption, spent the day in Erie, then back to Girard. Grocery was just outside town on the way, grab a few items for a simple dinner in the well furnished kitchen. It was a great stay. AC was perfect for my girlfriend. Never ran out of hot water in the shower. This will be my first inquiry if I ever come back to the area.
My husband and I went back for a family reunion. It was just the topper on our trip. it was such a lovely place to come back to every night. there was so much history there. and beautiful grounds. we will defiantly return again
Having grown up in Girard and being able to staying at the Yellow House was a highlight to our trip. The upstairs provides a lot of square footage to spread out and enjoy your time there. It includes a kitchen that is fully stocked with dishware, towels, and dish detergent, dining room for four, and a living room on one side then across the hall is a bedroom with closet and separate renovated bathroom. The hiking trail off the parking is approx. 1 mile and perfect for a morning walk. You can also make the short walk to the Girard Diner. The sky at night was full of stars. I wish we would had more time to relax and enjoy the house and yard. The only cons for some people would be the driveway is set away from the house; there are about 18 stairs to get to the living quarters, and no television although we watched Netflix on our tablet. The pros outweigh any cons in our book. We loved having the opportunity to visit this well aged home and enjoy the quiet setting.
We have a rental contract that can be mailed or emailed.