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Bryn Du Mansion (Michelle Waters Photography)

Bryn Du Mansion and Grounds

For more than 100 years, the historic Bryn Du Mansion, located at 537 Jones Road, has dominated the landscape of a 52-acre estate on the east side of Granville. Its colorful history, and the history of the families that lived there, Bryn Du Mansion (Michelle Waters Photography) add to its rich environment and unique facilities. Only recently available for public use, the Bryn Du Mansion and estate have quickly become a popular location for business meetings, weddings, banquets, tradeshows, and sporting events.

There are a total of seven buildings on the grounds: the field house, carriage house, pump house, gardener's cottage, laundry cottage, and horse barn.  With 52 gated-acres, 32 acres of level front lawn, and a 7,200 square foot Field House, the entire Bryn Du estate is utilized for community activities, special events, private events, and sport and athletic competitions.

The property is managed by the Bryn Du Commission, which was established by the Village of Granville, with a mission of historic preservation and to manage program and event facilities for the benefit of the community. 

For more information about this community asset or to inquire about scheduled events or available facilities, please visit the Bryn Du website.

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History of Bryn Du

History of Bryn Du Bryn Du Mansion Living Room Please note that some of the following brief history was compiled from information provided by the Granville Ohio Historical Society archives.

Local businessman Henry D. Wright originally constructed a mansion on this site as an Italianate Villa type structure in 1865. It was constructed of sandstone quarried from the property. Jonas McCune became the owner within a year after construction and the property became known as McCune’s Villa.

Several others owned the property prior to John Sutphin Jones, who made his fortune in the railroad and coal businesses, purchased the property in 1905. It was Jones who named the estate “Bryn Du”, Welsh for Dark Hills, and lived there with his wife and children.

Jones soon hired architect Frank Packard of Columbus who orchestrated the mansion renovation and construction of the outbuildings in the first decade of the 20th Century. This renovation took nearly five years and transformed the mansion into its Georgian-Federal style design.

Jones and Packard teamed up again in 1922 to design and build the Granville Inn. Three years later Jones hired famed golf course designer Donald Ross to design and build the Granville Golf Course. Historians note that the Granville Golf Course is the only course which Donald Ross personally oversaw the construction.

History of Bryn Du Polo at Bryn Du (copyright by darrindecker@flickr.com - used with permission) During the Jones’ occupancy, dinner was served to Calvin Coolidge, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding. Here also, Lillian Gish and Katherine Cornell sipped coffee and Paderewski and Rachmaninoff played the Steinway.

Jones died in 1927 and his daughter, Sallie Jones Sexton, inherited the property, living on the estate while managing the farm and the Granville Inn. Sallie became a local legend, famous for breeding and training show horses, and for her vivid personality and colorful language. It was Sallie’s storied management style that led the estate into bankruptcy.

William M. and Ortha A. Wright (no relation to the original Wright owners) purchased the property in 1979 and renovated the mansion into a restaurant for a brief time. Quest International purchased the property in 1989 for their company headquarters.

Dave Longaberger purchased it in 1995. Longaberger constructed the game courts and field house facilities and began a major renovation project of the existing buildings, which halted at the time of his death in 1999.

An advisory election was held in November 2002 to determine public opinion regarding the purchase of the property. 62% of the voters in the Village of Granville supported the property purchase. The Village purchased the property on December 16, 2002 from the Longaberger Company. The Village conveyed ownership of half of the front field (16.12 acres) to the Granville Township for green space preservation.

The property is now managed by the Bryn Du Commission, which was established by the Village of Granville, with a mission of historic preservation and to provide program and event facilities for the benefit of the community. 

For more information about this community asset or to inquire about scheduled events or available facilities, please visit the Bryn Du website. 

Bryn Du Governance Commission

The Bryn Du Governance Commission was created in 2004 by the Granville Village Council. The purpose of the Commission included, but was not limited to, the management of the Bryn Du property, implementation of the development plan and any future planning for the Bryn Du property, and coordination with Village and Township officials to ensure that the public purpose remains a priority.

The Village Council retains the essential elements of control over the property, including establishing and approving all major uses of the property, establishing and approving all user fees, and controlling any improvements made to the property.

The Bryn Du Commission contains seven members, three of whom are directly appointed by the Village Council, two are appointed upon recommendation and nomination by the Granville Township Trustees, and the remaining two are appointed upon recommendation and nomination by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Current members of the Bryn Du Commission are:

  • Members Representing the Village Council
    • Stewart Dyke (Current term expires April 30, 2019)
    • Keith Myers (Current term expires April 30, 2019)
    • Jurgen Pape (Current term expires April 30, 2019)
  • Members Representing the Township Trustees 
    • Laurence Bicking (Current term expires April 30, 2018)
    • Candi Moore (Current term expires April 30, 2018)
  • Members Representing the Chamber of Commerce 
    • Nate Willison (Current term expires April 30, 2017)
    • Reed Fraley (Current term expires April 30, 2017)

The Commission usually meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Road.

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