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Staycation: Linden Hall in Fayette County

Stephen Huba
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Exterior of Linden Hall mansion near Dawson.
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Linden Hall’s mansion sits on a 785-acre estate near Dawson in Fayette County.
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A golfer prepares to tee off on the first hole at Linden Hall Golf Course near Perryopolis.
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A Linden Hall dining room.
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A Linden Hall dining room.
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One of 27 fireplaces in Linden Hall.
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One of 35 rooms in Linden Hall.
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One of 35 rooms in Linden Hall.
The Inn At Lenora’s
The Inn At Lenora’s, Perryopolis.
Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.”
A three-story Victorian home near Perryopolis, seen here in 2015, appeared in the Oscar-winning film “The Silence of the Lambs.”

If you’ve never heard of Linden Hall, it’s OK. It says right on their website, “One of Pennsylvania’s best kept secrets.”

The Linden Hall mansion sits on 785 acres nestled in the Laurel Highlands between Dawson and Perryopolis in northern Fayette County. Not far from the Youghiogheny River, Linden Hall is a favorite destination for weddings, golf outings and bikers passing through on the Great Allegheny Passage/Yough River Trail.

“Most of our weekends are booked with weddings and golf packages during the summer,” said general manager Tim Hall.

Linden Hall hosted 31 weddings in 2019, and 24 already are booked for 2020, he said.

Many of the golfers are repeat visitors from northeast Ohio. “It just caught on,” Hall said. “Friends told friends, and now we’ve got the sons of guys who originally came years ago.”

35 rooms, 27 fireplaces, 13 baths

The Linden Hall mansion dominates the scenic grounds. With 8,720 square feet on each of its four floors, the mansion contains 35 rooms, 27 fireplaces, 13 baths and a finished basement, according to the Linden Hall website.

The English Tudor mansion, dedicated on Christmas Day 1913, was built for Sarah Cochran, widow of coke and coal pioneer Philip Cochran, at a cost of $2 million ($50.2 million in 2019 dollars), according to the website.

Linden Hall was purchased and restored in 1976 by the United Steelworkers, who continue to use it as a conference and training center. The mansion is filled with beautiful stained-glass windows and is on the National Register of Historic Places, although it is no longer open to the public for tours, Hall said.

Stay a while

Lodging for wedding parties, golfers and others is available at the 74-room lodge. Guest room rates start at $120 for single occupancy and $138 for double occupancy.

While weddings are held inside the mansion, they also can be held on the grounds in an air-conditioned, 60- by 90-foot enclosed tent. Linden Hall employs a full-time wedding coordinator and gets regular rave reviews for its wedding amenities.

Guests and season pass holders can avail themselves of the Club Pub restaurant and sports bar, as well as a heated outdoor pool that is open through Labor Day.

Golfing packages for the 18-hole, par-73 course include “Play Two Days and Stay,” “Golf Till You Drop” and “Get Away for a Day.” Some packages include a meal.

Linden Hall closes for the season Oct. 31 and opens again in April. For details, call 724-529-7543 or visit

While you’re in the area

Other nearby dining options include The Inn At Lenora’s, 301 Liberty St., Perryopolis. The reservations-only restaurant open for dinner daily offers an extensive wine cellar and well-stocked bar, according to its website. The innkeepers’ full breakfast is complimentary with an overnight stay.

An added attraction is “The Silence of the Lambs” house on Circle Road in nearby Layton, the home of the fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 thriller. The home sold to a private buyer in 2016 and is not open to the public.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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