Well house at the rear of the home.
History of the home.
Fox Castle was built in 1898 on a double lot purchased June 1897 by Frank Felix Zanchi, a 42-year-old Italian-born stone contractor and quarry owner who immigrated in 1880 and was naturalized in 1889.
Frank's first wife, Sarah Shepp Recknor, widow of Norman Recknor, had died in 1896, and Frank married a second time to 22-year-old Alice Welfley in 1897. Frank incorporated the Zanchi Stone Company in Connellsville in 1903. The home first appears on the Tax list in 1899, valued at $2,500, and was sold to an attorney, Edward Carter Higbee, and his
Innkeeper Earl, AKA Mr. Coffee, is addicted to Nueske's applewood smoked bacon and excellent coffee. If you have never tried Nueske's bacon, you will understand once you do. When you sample Earl’s coffee, you will experience his passion for it. He is such a connoisseur that he controls the placement of different types of coffee in the filter in order to get the desired flavours to predominate.
Innkeeper Susan is the baking expert! Her favorite baked goods include apple pie, blueberry sour cream pound cake and cranberry orange walnut bread. She also has a passion for genealogy, having enjoyed the hobby for forty years, and is an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having served as chapter registrar and librarian. Ask Susan for a tour of the local reference books on the Castle's bookshelf, or if she knows anything about your family history!
wife, Emma (Lint), in 1906. The home passed to Higbee's son, Donald M., in 1932, then to First National Bank of Scottdale in 1943. In 1950 the home was sold to Donald and Dorothy Fox, who renovated the home, adding unique glass accents throughout. After calling it home for 63 years, the Fox family sold to us in 2013.
Most local residents know our home as the Fox place - and, given its unique construction, Fox Castle was a natural choice of name that celebrates the home's history and unique architecture.
It is a labor of love owning and caring for a historic home, and renovating and remodeling Fox Castle has been a real joy! At the time this home was constructed expert craftsmanship was common, and those skills are difficult to find and costly today. We love historic homes and prefer to live in one because of the home's unique personality, spacious feel, gracious proportions and overall charm. We can't wait to share our one-of-a-kind Victorian home with you!