Former home now an event venue

MIKE REUTHER/Sun-Gazette Charlie and Carmen Bush pose inside Bush House, which following extensive renovations is available for banquets, weddings and other events. The venue also sports an Italian marble fireplace, conference room, banquet rooms and tea house.

A stately home west of Muncy that sat idle in recent years has come alive, opening its doors to banquets, wedding, parties and other events.

Sitting on nine acres at 231 S. Lycoming Mall Road, the Bush House Estate has been renovated.

“We have been trying to figure out what to do with it,” said Charlie Bush, the property’s owner. “Some people wanted to buy it and tear it down. We didn’t want that to happen.”

For Bush, there may be good reasons for not wanting to see the house disappear from the landscape of Muncy Township. He spent part of his childhood in the spacious house.

Charlie’s grandfather, Alvin R. Bush, a former U.S. Congressman, bought the home in 1945. His father, the late Alvin C. Bush, a former state representative, then lived in the home with his family.

But when he and his wife moved out of the residence in 2006, the house was largely unused and fell somewhat into disrepair.

Bush said a lot of work went into refurbishing the historic structure built in 1846.

The home includes a number of attractive and unique features, including banquet rooms and a conference room, a spiral staircase, and an Italian marble fireplace. A terrace bumps up against the house and a tea house sits on the sprawling grounds.

Bush pointed to a mural that partly covers the walls of several rooms.

Bush’s wife, Carmen, who manages the home, noted that the upstairs will eventually be available for lodging. Already, a cottage on the grounds is rented out for that purpose.

“We have been working on this for five years now,” Bush said. “People have wanted to see it, but we were reluctant because it was in disrepair.”

Bush noted his father, who died earlier this year, was happy that the home was being restored.

“He was my biggest cheerleader and supporter,” he said.

The home already has served as a venue for events and will host an art show in early May. To book an event, or for more information, call 570-244-7729 or 570-971-0336.