Berks County’s Charming Forge Mansion, once home to a Civil War cannonball forge, will change hands in October

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Virtually unaltered from the time it was built, Charming Forge retains many of its original interior finishes including its circa 1780 millwork, eight fireplaces, windows and window seats, floors, plaster walls and ceilings, and most hardware. Featured on on such television shows as HGTV’s” Restore America”n and “If Walls Could Talk” as well as in such publications as The Magazine Antiques, Early American Homes and Central PA Magazine, Cordier Auctions of Camp Hill, Pa., will offer the historic mansion Oct. 4. Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions.

Cordier Auctions has been selected to auction the Charming Forge Mansion in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania Oct. 4, 2011. Set on approximately 49 acres overlooking the village of Charming Forge, the 8,200 square foot, seven bedroom, four bath Georgian style home dates to 1749 with a later addition completed in 1780.

The property was home to one of Pennsylvania’s largest forges and was a major supplier of cannonballs to Revolutionary War troops. In addition to the main residence, the property also includes eight additional stone buildings including bake house with intact oven, summer kitchen/smokehouse, forge office, spring house, carriage house (now used as a four car garage), and outhouse.

Virtually unaltered from the time it was built, Charming Forge retains many of its original interior finishes including its circa 1780 millwork, eight fireplaces, windows and window seats, floors, plaster walls and ceilings, and most hardware. The house was meticulously renovated by the current owners Chip and Vonnie Henderson, who purchased the property in 1993, preserving the home’s authentic details and stabilizing the additional buildings while providing updated and energy efficient mechanicals, kitchen and laundry.

One of the best examples of historic restoration in the country, Charming Forge has been featured on such television shows as HGTV’s “Restore American” and “If Walls Could Talk” as well as in such publications as The Magazine Antiques, Early American Homes and Central PA Magazine.

“The originality of the property coupled with the quality of the restoration truly makes Charming Forge a one of a kind historic property,” said David Cordier, owner of Cordier Auctions said.,

Owner Chip Henderson added, “The restoration was a labor of love; we are looking forward to Charming Forge finding new owners who will appreciate it as much as we do.”

The auction will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 4, 2011. For more information visit Cordier Auctions.



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