Wellsville Historical Society welcomes guest speaker

Wellsville native Eddie Murphy was guest speaker during the recent meeting of the Wellsville Historical Society. (Photo courtesy of Pam Smith)

WELLSVILLE — Longtime residents of Wellsville are familiar with a century old home located on Fife Coal Road often referred to as the “stone house.”

For decades, this structure stood unoccupied and in need of tender loving care. That was, until it caught the eye of Wellsville native Eddie Murphy.

Murphy was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Wellsville Historical Society. She shared her love of her hometown and gave a brief description of the history of Daniel McBean, who had the house erected in 1846.

At the onset of the renovation, the house lacked indoor plumbing, heating and adequate electricity. The majority of the original workmanship is in tact such as oak floors, ornate woodwork throughout house along with original door bell and porcelain door knobs. Three of the 1840s windows remain. All fireplaces were restored.

She shared “before” and “after” pictures and it was evident that this project was a labor of love. Murphy spared no praise of the workers (all from Columbiana County) who worked hard and took pride in bringing this “house back to life.” The renovation was completed in an astounding six months!

Murphy purchased the house in 1999 and immediately took steps to nominate it and the adjacent carriage house to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places — that designation was granted in January 2006.