A Pennsylvania shoe house is now available for vacation stays

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A roadside attraction in York County, Pennsylvania, known as the Haines Shoe House is now available for vacation stays.Waylon and Naomi Brown purchased the property in July and have turned it into a short-term rental.The unique building at 197 Shoe House Road in Hellam Township dates to the 1940s.Mahlon Haines, who owned a chain of shoe stores and was known as “The Shoe Wizard,” built the Shoe House for promotion. He raffled off stays to newlyweds and others, along with the service of a maid and a chauffeur.The three-bedroom rental sleeps six in rooms like the “Instep Suite” and “Ankle Abode.” All rooms are filled with plenty of shoe memorabilia.”It becomes a fun place for the whole family to come and enjoy,” Waylon Brown said.”We really tried to help preserve some of the original features, like the stained-glass windows, in order to make sure that it lives on for many more years for people to enjoy,” Naomi Brown said.”I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful,” said Anne Fattman, of Maryland.Fattman is happy to see the newly polished shoe. Her father did some of the masonry on the original building.As for staying there, “I think it would be fun,” she said.There’s even a shoe-shaped doghouse, but no four-legged guests are allowed. The Shoe House has a two-night minimum, with each night costing from $228 to $399.

A roadside attraction in York County, Pennsylvania, known as the Haines Shoe House is now available for vacation stays.

Waylon and Naomi Brown purchased the property in July and have turned it into a short-term rental.

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The unique building at 197 Shoe House Road in Hellam Township dates to the 1940s.

Mahlon Haines, who owned a chain of shoe stores and was known as “The Shoe Wizard,” built the Shoe House for promotion. He raffled off stays to newlyweds and others, along with the service of a maid and a chauffeur.

The three-bedroom rental sleeps six in rooms like the “Instep Suite” and “Ankle Abode.” All rooms are filled with plenty of shoe memorabilia.

“It becomes a fun place for the whole family to come and enjoy,” Waylon Brown said.

The Shoe House was built in 1948 as an advertising gimmick by "Colonel" Mahlon N. Haines, the Shoe Wizard of York.

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The Shoe House was built in 1948 as an advertising gimmick by “Colonel” Mahlon N. Haines, the Shoe Wizard of York.

“We really tried to help preserve some of the original features, like the stained-glass windows, in order to make sure that it lives on for many more years for people to enjoy,” Naomi Brown said.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful,” said Anne Fattman, of Maryland.

Fattman is happy to see the newly polished shoe. Her father did some of the masonry on the original building.

As for staying there, “I think it would be fun,” she said.

There’s even a shoe-shaped doghouse, but no four-legged guests are allowed.

The Shoe House has a two-night minimum, with each night costing from $228 to $399.

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