Cornwall Borough resident Bruce Chadbourne offers another of his “Who Knew?” installments of Cornwall history. In pursuit of such history, Chadbourne has had the opportunity of meeting and conversing with the new owner of Millwood, the subject of a recent LebTown story by Randy Jaye. For Bruce, experiencing the feel of the mansion has connected more pieces of Cornwall’s past and the people who lived it. We hope you enjoy.

Progress is a daily constant for Harvey Turner’s “Millwood” restoration project in Cornwall Borough. Much of the exterior work has been finished and buttoned up for the cold season now upon us in Lebanon County. 

With the public interest and excitement being created by this ongoing work, Turner wishes everyone to be patient, as the hazards of the construction site are too great to allow any public access for the time being.

Read More: Who knew? Restoring Millwood’s former glory

However, in the meantime one local resident has been busy constructing for everyone’s enjoyment an HO-scale model of Millwood, which is expected to be displayed inside Millwood at a future date. Model-builder Dick Williams has provided these pictures that for now may be an enticement to stay tuned for further developments.

Williams has captured brilliantly some of the fine details of Stanford White’s artistic embellishments, such as the second story display to the right of the entrance. This unique, arched stucco panel is adorned with embedded glass bottles.

Details of decorative stucco panel on the front of the mansion.
Rear view of the “Millwood” model.
Details of decorative stucco panel on the rear of the mansion.

Another unique stucco art panel appears on the back of the mansion. Above it, the cupola porch on the third floor attaches to the butler’s quarters, where he was provided a view of approaching carriages coming up the hill. The driveway wraps around the mansion to afford visitors a view of all aspects of the mansion’s grand design.

The most remarkable feature of the mansion exterior is the bank of 10 stained-glass windows that adorn the 2½ story grand ballroom.

Side view, capturing the stained-glass entrance to the grand ball room.

A resident of Cornwall Manor, Williams is known by many for his wonderful models of historic Cornwall that are part of the Cornwall Manor Railroad Club’s display. He has built models of the Cornwall Iron Furnace and its out-buildings, the historic buildings of Cornwall Manor, the Ore crusher of the Cornwall Ore Bank, features of Mt. Gretna, and most recently Lebanon. 

Dick Williams in his workshop

By pleasant coincidence, the railroad layout and all of its models are on public display this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, as the Cornwall Iron Furnace and Cornwall Manor hold a joint open house “Christmas at Cornwall.” The railroad display will only be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Read More: Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace to host ‘Christmas at Cornwall’ event on Dec. 3

The railroad layout was featured in a 2020 “Christmas at Cornwall” video when the COVID pandemic had shut down public access to virtually everything. Now that the opportunity presents itself, you’ll want to come enjoy this display in-person! 

Stay tuned for more Millwood details. Based on the views shown above, 2023 promises to be an exciting year.

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Bruce Chadbourne

Though he has been traveling through Pennsylvania for over 20 years, Bruce is a relatively new resident of Lebanon County. In part he was drawn here by the fascinating history of the Cornwall Iron Furnace and surrounds. He enjoys a wide variety of hobbies and activities, and in particular has enjoyed...