The phenomenal Vaux Hill in Phoenixville should rightly be a Winterthur-style tourist attraction with a Gettsyburg spin. According to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, it was originally a 300-acre farm purchased by James Vaux in 1772. Vaux was an amateur scientist, but a successful and influential one:
At his farm, James carried out scientific experiments in agriculture, becoming the first person to cultivate red clover in America, and also pioneered the use of anthracite coal for heating and cooking purposes. Accounts of his experiments can be found in early editions of the Franklin Institute Journal.
Have you been lounging around the house, watching Auction Kings and Auctioneer$ (real shows!), sitting on a cool $50,000 and waiting to get into the bidding game? On August 29 at 11 a.m., you can start the bidding on the Liberty Belle, a dinner cruise boat that used to grace the Delaware and now finds itself docked in Baltimore.
The winter wasn’t easy on this Dresher estate. The listing says all four of the buildings on site sustained some water damage, so they will need your attention if you’re the successful buyer at auction on May 28.
On the other hand: four buildings! This estate includes the main house, a pool house, a cottage and a barn. In addition to the pool, there is a darling stone bridge for strolling, a series of gardens and the most interesting laundry room/grotto we have ever seen.
This 15,000-square-foot (!) property sits on more than 10 acres of the vaunted Ardrossan estate, where Hope Montgomery Scott–the inspiration for Katherine Hepburn’s character in The Philadelphia Story–charmingly gallivanted. Though its asking price was last listed as $7,695,000, it will now to go auction and sell the highest bidder.