The River Ridge Stone Gate – adjacent to 14 (Frame House) on the plot map
Visitors arriving by rail to Joe Sibley’s private railway station were greeted by the imposing River Ridge Farm stone gate. After passing through this gate, visitors traveled 3/4 of a mile of road lined by flowers, awed by the view of the mansion
sitting 3/4 of the way up the hillside. In the 1960’s, all of the area behind the gate was still a field, presenting most of the view the original travelers enjoyed. Unfortunately, over the years, the forest has reclaimed most of the field. As a result, the original view is not possible now.
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An unknown gentleman and the farm secretary sitting on the 21 ton rock that makes up the top of the lower gate.
The stone gate under construction. In the background is the Frame House (14 on the Plot Map).
The imposing RIVER RIDGE FARM stone gate.
A view of the gate before most of the posts were covered with brush. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.
Another overall picture of the stone gate before it was overgrown with brush. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.
A close-up view of the stone gate. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.
A detailed picture of the wrought iron gate structure. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.
Stone Gate, an artistic view. Photo courtesy of Tracy Weldon.
Another view of the stone gate posts. Note the bell tower off in the distance. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.
Another view of the stone gate. Note the Manager’s home in the distance. Photo courtesy of David Nepo.
A summer view of the stone gate. At first you think there are some red flowers to the left of the gate, but it’s just dirt. Photo courtesy of Bill Pixley
The area in front of the Stone Gate where the Sibley private Railway Station and the rail road tracks once were located. This area is now a bicycle path between Oil City and Franklin, PA. This view is looking south toward Franklin. The Stone Gate would be to the left.