The Brownsville Road House is a well-known manor and landmark located in Pittsburgh’s south hills. For over 100 years now, it has stood as a grand majestic fixture along the historic Brownsville Road. It is hard to pass by and not be struct by its unique grander, tranquility, and idyllic setting.
Legend has it that the land upon which the manor is built once hosted a traveling George Washington in 1784 and was also the site of a terrible massacre of a family during the Northwest Indian War of 1792 – an old red oak lays homage to where the befallen victims are buried on the property.
Brownsville road dates to the 1700’s and was once the main road to Pittsburgh from all points south. Explorers such as Merriweather Lewis, soldiers, presidents and many runaway slaves all passed by where the Manor now stands.
Decorated in early twentieth-century motif, the manor is a representation and rehabilitation of it’s long-ago past. The first floor and staircase feature French and Indian era paintings by the renowned internationally acclaimed Pittsburgh artist, Robert Griffing.
The Manor is conveniently located and close to Pittsburgh’s universities, hospitals, museums and downtown. Each of the three guestrooms are custom designed with antiques, period furnishings, and have a unique character. The Manor is also convenient to the many funeral homes in the South Hills. Numerous dining selections are available within a convenient driving distance to Pittsburgh’s South Side as well as many restaurants along close-by Rt. 51 South. The South Side Works along with Homestead’s Waterfront also offer many entertainment and shopping opportunities.
As our guest, you can enjoy our Manor’s Victorian atmosphere with refreshments while we assist with your visit to Pittsburgh. The Road House is the ideal host for quick getaways, business travelers and visitor desiring a unique and memorable hotel/Manor experience.
The Manor is also the setting as presented in the famous book and story written by the home’s owner, former Allegheny County Commissioner Bob Cranmer. Those who are visiting the Manor to experience it because of the book are encouraged and welcome; although, “ghost-hunting-paranormal or spiritual” activities are strictly prohibited.
The Manor is a safe, inviting, and peaceful place (where Mr. Cranmer’s grandchildren have frequented) and we want to keep it that way. Mr. Cranmer offers personal discussions about his book and experiences for the curious, by appointment, and charged by the hour. Custom mugs, bowls, and signed books are also available for purchase.