There’s something about Victorian style homes that provoke the imagination. Perhaps it’s the ornately carved wood or the pointed roof gables that exaggerate the verticality of the structure as it reaches towards the sky. It could also have something to do with their tendency to resemble doll houses with their often out of the ordinary color schemes. Sometimes, it’s simply that these homes are from a different time, a time when your home had as much character or personality as the individuals that lived within. The Maple Shade Mansion, built in 1889 in the heart of Brockway, Pennsylvania is one of those homes.

In 2014, the mansion had fallen into disrepair. It was then, that Brockway natives, Sharon and Peter Varischetti purchased the property and began an extensive three-year renovation. Five years later, the Maple Shade Mansion Bed and Breakfast proudly sits on Main Street, welcoming visitors from all over.

Maple Shade Mansion

There are five elegantly appointed guestrooms, each named for prominent community members, which stand as a tribute to the history of the area. All present a unique experience in décor and accommodation. Not to be outdone by the magnificence of the guestrooms, the daily breakfast can’t be beat. And after you fill your belly, you can easily walk or bike it off on the Clarion-Little Toby Trail, only three blocks away.

The mansion is also available for private functions and is the ideal location for bridal and baby showers, communions, birthday parties, weddings, and luncheons. It is also the perfect location for a small weekend, executive retreat.

Whatever your needs may be, Sharon believes that one of the things that makes Maple Shade so special is the ability to customize and personalize every experience in an elegant, historic, and relaxing atmosphere.

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Jason Krysinski is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He’s been in hotel management for 18 years. He’s passionate about writing, food, history, and travel. Writing for Pinpoint unifies all of his passions. He’s always looking to discover new and off the beaten path locations throughout the state. If you have any suggestions, email him at