Fairfield’s Mansion House celebrates its 2nd anniversary

This story, published two years ago in Oct. 2020, is being republished as the Mansion house celebrates its second anniversary. The tradition of great food and lodging with live music on Thursdays continues.

The Mansion House 1757, located at 15 W. Main St. in Fairfield, and previously called the Fairfield Inn, has reopened under the ownership of Cindy and George Keeney.

The couple bought the property in June 2020. The property was originally named the Mansion House when it was built in 1757. 

The Mansion House houses a sit-down farm-to-table restaurant, with light fare in the tavern area, as well an outdoor seating area, all under the direction of Chef de Cuisine, George Keeney.

The restaurant makes use of local suppliers including Twin Springs Farms, Big Hill Cider, Weikert’s Egg Farm, the Farm at Virginia Mills, the Adams County Winery, the Mason-Dixon Distillery, and the Fair Field Farm.

The restaurant offers an extensive wine list and a sophisticated menu as well as a carry-out selection.

There are six rooms in the boutique inn, which also hosts weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other events. 

The Kinneys said buying the Mansion House had provided them an opportunity to establish a family legacy.

When asked how the business has been for Mansion House, Keeney described it as “COVID-Busy”. “There has been an increase in the number of overnight rooms in September,” Keeney said.

Unlike other local restaurants and bar locations, Mansion House has a bigger indoor space that can seat many patrons. Pennsylvania restaurants are currently allowed to seat up to 50% capacity, but in the name of safety Keeney says the Mansion House is still only using 25% capacity.

Having an outdoor seating area opens up more options for the inn. 

Keeney said when dealing with Covid-19 as a business there is nothing else to do but stay positive and safe. The inn follows proper social distancing guidelines, with hand-sanitizer at the front and back doors, and also provides all service with a mask-on policy. 

Keeney is pleased with local support for the reopening, saying Fairfield Borough has been very embracing and the Fairfield borough council was very efficient.

Mansion House also has five different local artists’ work displayed on their property.

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CJ is an intern at the Connection and a Senior at Gettysburg College.

CJ played football and lacrosse in high school and and plays on the Bullets football team.

He has worked as a scorer and social media representative for the Gettysburg College Athletics Communications Department,

CJ is an Active Brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity where he served as rush chair and house manager.

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