Historic Beidleman House c.1850
This beautiful historic home was once the summer home of the 12th Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, Edward E. Beidleman (1873 – 1929). A gorgeous blend of modern amenities and historic detailing, this spacious brick & stucco home features 5+ bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, stunning stain glass, vintage architectural detail, 1950’s tiled bathrooms, outstanding wood floors, custom woodwork, porches & gardens, all on a 1.7 acre private lot. With views of the Susquehanna River and the relaxing sounds of nearby Stony Creek Falls, this historic estate has not been on the market in 70 years. Originally a Pre-Civil War barn for the historic Gerry West House across Stony Creek and then converted to a dormitory for tannery workers, the Beidleman House is now a spacious private estate, perfect for entertaining and just minutes from the town of Dauphin, with charming shops & restaurants.
By contributing a measure of “tender loving care”, the next stewards can join the handful of previous caretakers of this extraordinary estate in honoring the spirit & soul of the 1850 landmark and enjoy the wonderful benefits of owning a unique piece of Pennsylvania history.
This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction, close to Harrisburg, Gettysburg & Philadelphia, yet a world away.
Family Room 35′ x 17′ – Ceramic tile floor, front door, built-in bench, closet, 18 windows.
Den 19′ x 13′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, exterior door to patio, 1 window.
Music Room 18′ x 14′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel & wood stove insert, built-in cabinets.
Bathroom 12′ x 9′ – Vinyl floor, shower, 1 window.
Laundry Room 16′ x 10′ – Wood floor, stairs to cellar, door to workshop.
Workshop 20′ x 9′ – Concrete floor, 4 windows.
Attached Green House 16′ x 10′ – Concrete floor.
Kitchen 13′ x 11′ – Vinyl floor, fireplace with wood mantel, pantry, 2 windows.
Dining Room 15′ x 13′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, built-in cabinets, 2 windows.
Sun Room 13′ x 10′ – Wood floor, closet, 5 windows.
Living Room 27′ x 15′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood mantel, built-in bookcase, French doors to Guest Room, 2 windows.
Guest Bedroom 22′ x 10′ – Carpet, wall paneling, French doors to porch, 4 windows.
Hall Bathroom 10′ x 5′ – Vinyl floor, vintage bathtub, ceramic tile half wall, 1 window.
Bedroom 2 15′ x 11′ – Wood floor, built-in bookcases & cabinets, 2 closets, exterior door, 3 windows.
Landing 10′ x 9’– Wood floor, stained glass window.
Bedroom 3 19′ x 13′ – Wood floor, built-in shelving, 4 closets, 4 windows.
Bedroom 4 13′ x 13′ – Wood floor, closet, 3 windows.
Hall Bathroom 9′ x 6′ – Ceramic tile floor, shower with skylight, bathtub, ceramic tile half wall.
Bedroom 5 23′ x 13′ – Wood floor, 3 closets, 4 windows.
Garage – 2 car, 2 story.
The second Senate President pro tempore to become lieutenant governor, Beidleman was born in Harrisburg on July 8, 1873, the son of Thomas and Susan (Ensinger) Beidleman. The senator attended public schools, Harrisburg High School in 1892, and received an advanced degree from Keystone Business College. After graduation, he entered a partnership at his father’s Lochiel General Store, developed an interest in the law, and studied under the Honorable Samuel McCarrell. Former Senate Pro Tem McCarrell sponsored Beidleman before the Dauphin County bar on January 28, 1898, Ed embarking on a private practice through 1916, later forming the partnership of Beidleman and Hull. He married Katherine Nissley, daughter of Dr. Samuel Nissley.
Beidleman represented Dauphin County in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1904 to 1907; was elected to the state Senate, 1913-1919, served as President Pro Tempore during the World War I, 1917-1918 Session; and became Gov. William Cameron Sproul’s lieutenant governor, 1919-1923, resigning from the Senate, January 20, 1919.
Apart from Beidleman’s effective management of the upper house during wartime, the pro tem handled a limited domestic calendar, primarily a consequence of normal appropriations diverted to wartime preparedness. The senator, nevertheless, pushed adoption of a constitutional amendment requesting voters to authorize a $50 million “Sproul Highway Construction Bond.” Beidleman also backed the public teachers and employees retirement plan (the Tompkins bill) but opposed women’s suffrage, while supporting femme sole trader reform, granting women financial award from husbands who deserted or otherwise refused to support their wives. He backed the Workers Compensation Act referendum, adoption of the 17th Amendment, the 1913 Election Bill, and enactment of the Department of Labor and Industry bill.
Considered a candidate for governor at the 1922 state convention, Beidleman decided to pull his nomination; representing Pennsylvania as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924, in 1926, again surfacing as a caucus consideration for governor – losing a close May primary race to John Fisher. The Honorable E. E. Beidleman was a member of the Pennsylvania State and Dauphin County Bar Associations, president of the Pennsylvania State Fireman’s Association, director of the Union Trust Company of Harrisburg, and held a seat on the Harrisburg Board of Trade. He actively engaged in Dauphin County’s fraternal organizations, particularly: the Robert Burns Lodge No. 464 Free and Accepted Masons; the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Thirty-second Degree Freemasonry; the Zembo Temple; the B.P.O.E.; the Knights of Macabees; the Knights of Pythias; the Junior Order of United American Mechanics; the Royal Arcanum; and the Loyal Order of Moose. Other community associations included the Harrisburg Club, the Harrisburg Republican Club, West End Republican Club, and the Presbyterian Church.
While delivering an address to the Harrisburg Parents and Teachers Association on the evening of April 9, 1929, the Honorable Edward Ensinger Beidleman died of a sudden heart attack.
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