A historic property, that was once the home of U.S. Rep. John Hickman and later functioned as a popular B&B, has hit the market in West Chester.
Located at 875 Hillsdale Road, approximately one mile from the borough’s edge in East Bradford Township, the house dates back to the mid-1700s and has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and spans 1,798 square feet.
The attractive interior features exposed, live-edge wood beams, oversized windowsills, and a tasteful wainscoting in the living room. The bright kitchen boasts lovely walnut countertops and plenty of cabinet space, along with a cozy breakfast nook.
Meanwhile, the expansive, second-floor living room has high ceilings and a built-in bookshelf wall. The magnificent main bedroom with a full bathroom and stunning views is located on the third floor.
The property’s surroundings are also impressive, with beautiful gardens around the yard that offer ample space to grow fruits and vegetables. There’s also an elongated porch ideal for relaxing while enjoying a view of the pond across the road.
The home radiates historic charm, as it once belonged to Hickman, who served as Chester County’s District Attorney from 1845 to 1846 and represented Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1855 to 1863.
Interestingly, Hickman – after delivering a fiery, anti-slavery speech at a rally in Philadelphia in 1860 – was considered a candidate to be Abraham Lincoln’s running mate in that year’s presidential election.
Subsequent owners of the property turned it into The Bankhouse Bed & Breakfast.
The home is listed for $475,000.