Bryn Mawr

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 A photo of Bryn Mawr in the late nineteenth century.
Bryn Mawr as it appeared in the late nineteenth century.
Bryn Mawr is a twenty-seven-room brick mansion that was built in 1853 by Elias Fassett on Route 37 south of Granville, Ohio.[1] The home originally sat on 375 acres of land, part of which was acquired by Fassett in 1832 from John Hilbrant, with the remainder being acquired from John Rathbone in 1841.[2] The property was sold to John R. Hughes, a Welshman, in 1890. Hughes is responsible for naming the property Bryn Mawr, meaning “high hill” in Welsh.[3] The home served as a private residence until it was purchased by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet, Illinois on June 6, 1931 for the purpose of creating a school. The “Granville Mission” was established on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1931, and a chapel at the property was formally dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy on September 16, 1931.[4] The school, called Our Lady of Mercy, officially opened to students on September 12, 1932.[5] The school operated at Bryn Mawr until August 15, 1958, closing on the Feast of the Assumption.[6] Afterward, the building became a nursing home[7] and then fell into a period of vacancy leading to disrepair. The structure got a new lease on life when, in 1974, David S. Klauder and Charles F. Metzger began restoring the home to serve as a restaurant.[8] In 1987, local businessman William Kraner took ownership of the estate, continuing to operate it as a restaurant and event space.[9] In 1995, Kraner placed the property on the market for $1,277,700. The listing included the mansion, a 1,600 square-foot frame house, a large wooden shed, and 15.6 acres of land.[10] In 1999 the home was purchased and restored to a private residence by Joe and Larke Recchie. It continues to this day to serve as both a private home and as a wedding and event venue.[11]



  1. Mike Lafferty, “Retired Mansion Seeks Millionaire,” The Columbus Dispatch, May 13, 1995.
  2. Ann Natalie Hansen, “How ‘Fassett’s Folly’ Acquired a New ‘Mission’,” The Historical Times, Vol. VI No. 3, Summer 1992, 1.
  3. Lafferty, “Retired Mansion Seeks Millionaire.”
  4. Hansen, “How ‘Fassett’s Folly’ Acquired a New ‘Mission’,”
  5. Hansen, “How ‘Fassett’s Folly’ Acquired a New ‘Mission’,” 2.
  6. Hansen, “How ‘Fassett’s Folly’ Acquired a New ‘Mission’,” 3.
  7. Lafferty, “Retired Mansion Seeks Millionaire.”
  8. Ann Natalie Hansen, “She’s Still Lively,” The Columbus Dispatch Magazine, September 15, 1974, 19.
  9. Lafferty, “Retired Mansion Seeks Millionaire.”
  10. Lafferty, “Retired Mansion Seeks Millionaire.”
  11. “A Letter to You,” The Bryn Mawr, access June 3, 2017,