Philadelphia mansion a Victorian house museum
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
Built in 1859 for textile merchant Ebenezer Maxwell, the mansion is the only authentically restored Victorian house museum in Philadelphia. Ebenezer lived in the home for only three years before selling it to William Hunter, a successful coal industry executive.
William met an untimely demise in 1867 when he plummeted from a New York City hotel window after attempting to adjust curtains while standing on a rocking chair. After his fateful fall, William's wife Rosalie married Howard Stevenson and together they had a daughter, Augusta, who lived in the house until her death in 1956.
Today, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion museum's not-for-profit organization welcomes visitors from around the world. Special thanks to Diane Richardson, the mansion's executive director, for contributing to this month's Ghosts.
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