About

The Bush House Estate is your special wedding or event venue for an enchanting and elegant occasion.

Upon entering the 9-acre property, you’ll find it nestled among stately oak, pine, and hemlock trees, which provide a secluded and private setting. The natural beauty is awe-inspiring, and will leave a grand impression upon guests.

Inside… the mid 19th century, 6,000 sq. ft. home is filled with historic beauty. You’ll be surrounded by captivating, intricate woodwork, beautiful archways, marbled and ornate mantles, lovely antique furnishings, and an amazing, free-hanging oval staircase; all of which provide a wonderfully romantic backdrop.

As you explore further, you’ll discover many other interesting and unique features of the estate including: wrap-around porches with Roman columns, flagstone terraces, a tea house with hand-carved columns, a small formal garden, a secluded sitting area under century old yews, and lovely flowers and landscaping which decorate the grounds. It truly is an extraordinary and picturesque venue where photographers and guests alike will appreciate all of the stunning photo opportunities.

Choosing the Bush House Estate ensures that you and your guests will enjoy an experience filled with lifelong memories. Contact us for a tour of the amazing property and a consultation on your event.

History

The estate and home was originally built in 1867 by the Reverend D.R. Dickinson and his wife Margaret of New York City. It is still referred to as “Margaret Hall” in the historic register. The house remained owned by their daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, the Reverend A.D. Lawrence Jewett, and was used as a summer home for years, as it became known as the “Jewett Mansion.”

Over the years the estate went through various owners, with each one bringing significant changes, leading us to the present day.

Charles and George Stearns of Williamsport purchased the home in 1912 and added a front and side porch, as well as building a barn.

In 1925 the property was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Munson. Mr. Munson was an attorney in Williamsport and Mrs. Munson was an interior decorator from a wealthy New York family. She set about building and re-building the estate. She gave the estate a new name, “Wyno,” an Indian word meaning “good luck” and “welcome” according to research done by the Library of Congress. From there she had the grounds re-designed adding stone terraces, formal gardens, and a tea house. Inside she brought many elements and styles together including a free hanging spiral staircase, a unique “ships cabin” room on the 3rd floor, imported Italian marble, and powder room panels originally from Marie Antoinette’s boudoir in France. The Munsons also constructed other rooms and additions to the home.

Mr. Munson passed away and the house stood vacant for twelve years until being purchased in 1940 by Dr. Roy Simon. No further additions were made until 1945 when Congressman and Mrs. Alvin R. Bush purchased the estate. The Bush family gave the home a major facelift and established a working dairy farm. Alvin’s son Charles, along with his siblings grew up on the estate, until the family downsized to a smaller home in Williamsport.

In 2013, Charles Bush, along with his wife Carmen, transformed the estate into a private family corporation under the Bush name, and set forth with the Bush House Estate Wedding and Event venue.