I couldn’t believe my eyes. After driving for many miles in lake effect snow, I came upon Old Hickory in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Work has started to restore this long-neglected landmark into a bed-and-breakfast.

Old Hickory is circa 1880 Italianate residence. The house, once lavishly outfitted inside and outside, was later used as The Old Hickory, an inn and tavern. John Rigas, the founder of Adelphia Communications, purchased Old Hickory Tavern in 1987. He had planned to renovate it into a bed-and-breakfast but never started any restoration. Eventually, Rigas was consumed in an accounting scandal and the property was disposed of.