I am increasingly intrigued by the rich history that surrounds us in both Greene and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania. For today’s photography exploration, I visited the home of Albert Gallatin, near Point Marion, PA. Born in 1761, Mr. Gallatin immigrated to America from Geneva, Switzerland and moved to his 370-acre property known as Friendship Hill in 1784. He served as a Congressman, Senator, United States Ambassador and was the longest-serving United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Jefferson and Madison. At his death in 1849, Gallatin was the last surviving member of the Jefferson Cabinet and the last surviving senator from the 18th century.
The home itself is made up of seven sections. The earliest of these is the original brick house built in 1789. This original structure was constructed in the Federalist style with a Flemish bond. Along the north side of the brick house, a simple frame dwelling was added in 1798. The Stone House was the next structure added on by Gallatin in 1823, this is a three and a half story structure, the largest of the house. This was the only Gallatin structure not built and overseen by Albert himself. This portion was built and overseen by one of his sons, Albert Rolaz Gallatin. A stone kitchen was added in 1824 which ends the Gallatin era of the house. The rest of the structures of the house include a State Dining Room in 1895, a south bedroom wing was finished in 1902, and the servants' quarters were added in 1903.