City Directories and History: 1908 – H.S. Heyman, 1940 – Lucille S. Heyman, 1958 – Lucille S. Heyman, 1978 – Keith Young
George Alexander Albright, an early builder in Chester and brother of John L. Albright constructed this home. The Albright family came from a long line of successful builders and had originally moved to Chester from York County, SC to take advantage of a boom in building. George, age 30 in the 1850 census of Chester County lived at 136 Saluda Road.
This is one of Chester’s nice early 20th century homes built to modern standards with spacious rooms, interior kitchen, pantry, formal rooms, and interior plumbing. Note the wide front porches, air-conditioning had not yet been installed and the throwback to the use of traditional architectural features such as the gable end Palladian window.
“The first property George Alexander Albright bought in Chester was from John L. Albright on 21 March 1848 when he bought 1 acre lot on York Road for $150. The George Albright home was at 131 York St., Chester. According to family members, this home was built by George A. Albright and it was here, the ten girls and a boy grew up. After Amanda Albright’s death, the home was sold to the Heyman family. Joshua Hillary Hudson in his “Sketches and Reminiscences” mentions old “Mr. Albright who came from North Carolina with a family of sons who were good house builders, and the descendants of whom, and of his daughters are to be found in Chester and elsewhere.”
Also…. George Albright married Amanda Melvina Farrar, daughter of Obadiah Farrar and Temperence Hayes, on 24 June 1860. Amanda was born 26 April 1842; died 31 December 1902. George and Amanda Albright’s home was at 131 York Street and it was here their family was born. They had 10 daughters and one son while they lived on York Street.”
(Information in part from: Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982)
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