Daniel Pennie House, Villard.

While the Pope County Museum is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be highlighting historic sites around Pope County. We hope that you can walk or drive to visit these sites while maintaining appropriate physical distancing.

Daniel Pennie House, Villard.


The Daniel Pennie House is associated with one of Pope County’s most prominent early settlers and is also notable for its unusual grout construction.  Pennie was one of the organizers of Pope County, holding the office of county commissioner for a number of years. He named Lake Leven and Leven Township after Loch Leven, Scotland, his boyhood home. 

A mason by trade, Mr. Pennie constructed this stone and concrete grout house during the 1870s or 1880s to replace an earlier log home. The corner tower was one of his trademarks.

His brick kiln produced the hardened brick used in a great many chimneys in the Villard area.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Read the Application here.

The home is privately owned and has had several additions and improvements over the years.

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1 Response to Daniel Pennie House, Villard.

  1. Elaine Dalager says:

    Thanks for posting these interesting stories of the history of Pope County. I am connected to Pope County through my husband. Of course I know too little of the history of Pope County and am happy to be informed. Keep posting these bits of history!

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