The Bryn Mawr estate Dove Lake owned by Robert Tabas — of the Royal Bank Tabas family — sits on 20 acres that reach far back in the area’s history. Tabas installed a historic marker on the property that reads:
David Davis built a fulling mill here to process woolens before 1747. German papermaker Conrad Scheetz converted it to the Upper Scheetz Paper Mill in 1748. His family produced quality paper until 1798. Thomas Amies of Switzerland changed the name to Dove Mill and made paper with a dove watermark until 1839. Samuel Croft dammed Mill Creek to create Dove Lake in 1873 and all industrial buildings were lost.
Despite that rather elegiac note, Tabas' property is fairly amazing, in particular because Mill Creek runs its entire length and there is, of course, Dove Lake, which was the setting for Thomas Eakins' famous 1885 painting Swimming. The gallery (below) really shows the natural beauty of the spot.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 9,165
Price: $7.5 million
681 Black Rock Road
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Listing: 681 Black Rock Road, Bryn Mawr, PA [BHHS Fox & Roach - Malvern]