2017-05-20 / Front Page

Progress at Old Hickory


Painting of the front bay is almost complete and three more windows have been added as the Old Hickory on Coudersport’s North Main Street begins to take shape, but the restoration is expected to take about four more years. Painting of the front bay is almost complete and three more windows have been added as the Old Hickory on Coudersport’s North Main Street begins to take shape, but the restoration is expected to take about four more years. Progress is being made slowly, but surely, on the historic Old Hickory property in downtown Coudersport.

The former hotel/restaurant/tavern was sold to the Mauser Family Trust last September for $58,000. The Mausers, who live in Northampton County, have owned a camp in Potter County for many years.

Wasyl Mauser and his daughter Holly plan to transform the 136-year-old landmark into a bed-and breakfast, as well as a venue for weddings and other social functions. He’s a contractor and she is completing her dental school residency, preparing to join the Cole Dentistry office of Dr. Victor Brown.

“We love the area and want to bring new life to the Old Hickory and the community,” Holly Mauser told Endeavor News. She added that renovations could take as long as five years. The owners plan to keep as much of the original structure intact as possible.

Clearing of dust and debris inside the building and restoring the windows and their bays have been at the top of the task list and much progress has been made.

A quarter-century of neglect has taken a toll. Old Hickory has no wiring, plumbing or heating.

It was once a showcase property on North Main Street. In more recent years, the Old Hickory has been an embarrassing eyesore - albeit a tourist attraction of sorts. Native Potter County maple, cherry, black birch, pine, hemlock, oak, chestnut, butternut, and other species were used in its construction and detail work.

The adjacent bowling alley, formerly known as Old Hickory Lanes, has been closed for nearly five years. Owner Tom Victor of Olean, N.Y., has been making repairs and hopes to reopen it.

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