Hallam, Pennsylvania: Haines Shoe House

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Address:
197 Shoe House Rd, Hallam, PA
Directions:
US-30 exit onto PA-462 at Hallam. Drive south a quarter-mile, then bear right at the stoplight onto PA-462/Lincoln Hwy. Drive one mile. Turn right (no stoplight) onto Shoe House Rd. Drive a half-mile to the Shoe, on the left. Private property; visible from the road.
Hours:
Visible from the road. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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Shoe House.

Haines Shoe House

The shoe-shaped house of Mahlon Haines, the "Shoe Wizard" of southern Pennsylvania. Built in 1949.

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Colonel Mahlon Nathaniel Haines Dies - Oct. 31, 1962.

Colonel Mahlon Nathaniel Haines Dies - Oct. 31, 1962

Colonel Mahlon Haines, "The Shoe Wizard," had a house shaped like a shoe built in 1949 along the old Lincoln Highway. He never lived in it. Instead, he treated randomly selected customers at his shoe stores to a free week of living in the shoe, complete with a maid, cook, and chauffeur. Mahlon died on Halloween 1962, and although the Shoe House has since cycled through subsequent owners, it remains an attraction, and is open to the public for tours. Mahlon Haines wanted to be remembered, and as long as his Shoe House stands, he wiil be.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 10/31/2022]

Shoe House.

Haines Shoe House

When you come around the bend and see the giant work boot, it's amazing. Cute $5 tour that was totally worth the trip!

[Rose, 08/05/2018]

Shoe Dog House.

Haines Shoe House

I wanted to let people know that this place is still open. The owner is extremely nice. Our tour guide (on her third day of working there) shared a lot of wonderful information about the house and the man who built it. This house will amaze you. It is way bigger than it looks.

Don't forget to get some Shoe House ice cream.

[Amanda Heywood, 06/16/2018]

Room in the Shoe House.

Haines Shoe House

The Shoe House tour is still just $5 [2015]. We had a great visit and a nice chat with the new owner, who is very friendly.

[tim,colleen,susan,billy, 09/25/2015]

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