This unique Italianate house was built in 1883 by Samuel M. Jackson, who was a Brigadier General during the Civil War. While Samuel M. Jackson is not to be confused with actor Samuel L. Jackson, he was in fact the grandfather of another well-known actor — the legendary James “Jimmy” Stewart — who is of course known for classics like It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).
The S.M. Jackson house is located in Apollo, PA, which is about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. (Another fun fact…”Apollo PA” is a palindrome. Spell it backward!).
Samuel M. Jackson served gallantly for 3 years in one of the most engaged units of the Civil War — the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves (40th PA). With service in battles such as Gaines’ Mill, the second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Bethesda Church, Jackson rose from Captain of the Apollo Independent Blues to Regimental Colonel just prior to South Mountain in 1863. Of the more than 2,100 Union regiments, this unheralded unit suffered the eighth highest percentage of battle mortality and honored itself with most conspicuous gallantry at the battle of Gettysburg by mounting a bayonet defense of the Wheat Field.
Born just outside Apollo, Pennsylvania, of Irish-Scottish lineage, Jackson enrolled as a drummer boy in the Pennsylvania State Militia in 1845 when he was only twelve years old. In the years that followed he was steadily promoted until he reached the rank of Captain. After the outbreak of the Civil War he recruited a company called the “Apollo Independent Blues”, a unit that would be eventually incorporated as Company G of the 11th Pennsylvania Reserves. He was promoted to Major on July 2, 1861, Lieutenant Colonel on October 28, 1861, and finally Colonel and commander of the regiment on April 10, 1863. Mustered out honorably on June 13, 1864, he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865. After the war he was engaged in the oil business in Venango County, Pennsylvania, but returned home in 1889. Later that year he was elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature, and again in 1890. A few years later he represented the forty-first Senatorial district in the Pennsylvania State Senate but declined to be renominated at the end of his term. In addition to his service in the legislature, he helped organize the Apollo Savings Bank (where he worked as cashier for awhile) and later served as Collector of Internal Revenue. He was also instrumental in bringing the sheet steel business to the Kiskiminetas Valley and was a stockholder in the firm of P.H. Laufman & Company. In 1893 he was elected to the office of Pennsylvania State Treasurer, the last such position he would hold. He twice married, and one of his daughters would become the mother of actor Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Ruth Jackson Stewart (below with Jimmy Stewart and family).
The Samuel McCartney Jackson House, which is located at 411 Terrace Avenue, is a one-of-a-kind Victorian home. Built by Jackson in 1883, one of the house’s most striking features is the stately Italianate tower that soars well-above the large main block of the house. The tower’s bracketed roof is almost pyramidal in shape, and it features gabled dormers with windows facing every direction. It’s an eye-catcher for sure!
Another obviously striking feature of the house is its generous porches, including the large wrap-around porch (below) — with it’s conical tower roof, and arched walls supported by paired columns on massive stone piers. Very impressive.
Imagine sipping a lemonade (or your beverage of choice) while rocking on this porch:
This Italianate style home is described as being “in mint condition” and features high ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, crown molding, transom windows, 7 decorative fireplaces, original stained glass window, an open foyer, a master bedroom with bath and dressing area, covered wrap around porches, a balcony off of a full bath, a detached garage with a carriage house, and more. The house includes 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and is currently offered at $237,000. For more information, contact the listing agent Joy Lamars of REMAX South at email@example.com or 412-508-0350 (cell).