I closed that post with the words,"While I still don't have a street address, I think it would be fairly easy to find Dixon's home -- if I could only persuade my husband to go on a road trip...." I have not yet persuaded my husband to drive to Bruin with me but the next best thing was having my brother and sister-in-law take the trip, find the home, and take photos of it. Thank you, Bob and Eva!!! I am beyond excited: I am thrilled!
|Courtesy of Google Earth|
I am pleased to know that the house and nearby building are still standing and appear to be in decent condition. There are some changes but all in all the structure looks good (at least from the outside). I'm so sad that beautiful, long board walk is gone, though.
Bob said the number on the mail box was 121, and since they'd driven westward from Bruin, it would have seemed as though it was Washington Street. But as I look at a current map I see that Washington Street turns into Bruin Road at Daubenspeck Road. Dixon's property (according to the old map) and the homestead (according to Google Earth) are located west of Daubenspeck Road.
|Courtesy of Google Maps|
I was able to locate the names and address of owners of the property at the Butler County, Pennsylvania, auditor's website. For their privacy I won't include that information here.
When I finally persuade my husband to go on that road trip, I'll contact the owners and see if they might be willing to give us a "tour" of the property and buildings. How fabulous it would be to stand within the walls of the home where my ancestors walked, lived, cooked, ate, entertained, and slept.
Now, for the next step: learn the history of the building. Did Dixon build it himself? If not, who built it? And when? Who inherited it and who owned it from then until now? What changes took place within its walls? Do you suppose it's possible?
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