Vicky Sonley's goal
Visit the Haines Shoe House (Hellam, Pa.)
Col. Mahlon Haines, an eccentric businessman known as the Shoe Wizard, created a 40-store shoe empire, and in 1948 had this shoe-shaped house built as an advertisement for his business. Modeled after a high-topped work shoe, the 48-foot-long, 25-foot-high structure has three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, kitchen and windows decorated with stained glass shoes. In the early days, when the big shoe was a guesthouse, Haines gave away complimentary weekend stays to elderly couples as well as to newlyweds for memorable, if unusual, honeymoon stays. Over the years, the big shoe has also served as an ice cream shop, a store and a private home. These days, it’s open for tours.
If you go: The Haines Shoe House is at 197 Shoe House Road in Hellam, Pa., near Interstate 83. For more information, call 717-840-8339
|Date goal set:
||29th Jun 2009
Would you like to add a link to Vicky to your list of
family and friends on My50? Or maybe to your list of favourite lists? If so, choose an
option below and we'll email her to check
if it's ok to add the link.