January 17–April 3, 2022
Hayfield House was built as a summer home by coal baron John Conyngham and his wife, Bertha, during the Great Depression, at a cost of over $1 million. The stunning mansion, designed by Architect Francis Nelson, was constructed between 1930 and 1933 in Lehman, PA. The property included a large farm and livestock.
In the mid-1960s when Richard Robinson inherited his aunt Bertha’s home and farm, he and his cousins donated the real estate to establish a permanent home for Penn State in the Wilkes-Barre region. The mansion continues to be a regional treasure, and this exhibit celebrates its history.
The exhibit includes photographs of the home as it was in the 1930s as well as original family photos that are on loan from William H. Conyngham.
See photos oftaken in 1934 by Samuel Gottscho [Library of Congress].