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Tag: Downton Abbey Years

Alice Bentley: Crawford County’s Champion for Women’s Rights in the Downton Abbey Era

Alice M. Bentley, among the first women to serve as a Pennsylvania legislator lead the way for women in Crawford County.

Crawford County Estates in the Downton Abbey Era

The “Downton” Era (1910s and 1920s) was a time or expansion of ideas, but for a tightening of funds in large manors, or, in the case in America, smaller landed estates. “The Terrace,” as it was called in Meadville, was the undisputed millionaire’s row of the city which, along with upper Chestnut Street and a few smaller neighborhoods interspersed throughout town, boasted the Huidekoper, Reynolds, Magaw, Boileau, and Shryock families. Many of these homes were estates in their own right, the Reynolds family (of the Baldwin-Reynolds House) owned land adjoining Bentley Hall at Allegheny College down to French Creek and […]