The Guthrie-Bianchini House
Sarah and Samuel Guthrie
After Mr. Bianchini's death, family members continued to live in the house. His son, James, widely known as "Spider," was the last Bianchini to occupy the home. From 1971, the house remained unoccupied and sank into disrepair as heirs and other interested parties fought over the estate. In the early 1980s, some Cambria businessmen sought to have the house torn down and replaced with a parking lot.
But, community opposition and the discovery that the property had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places squelched the parking lot idea. The Cambria Historical Society purchased the property at a court-ordered sale in 2001, ending what has been referred to as "the state's longest probate." The Society spent years restoring the home and then opened it as a museum in December 2008.