Samuel Warden, born August 8, 1822, was the first-born of Pauland Mary (Flemming) Warden, and the grandson of the Irish immigrantSamuel Warden Sr. He grew up on the old Warden farm near MountPleasant, and was a farmer for most of his life. In later years, hebecame involved in coal and coke production at the Warden Worksnear present-day Alverton. In 1845, he married Margaret Andrews.They had seven children: Mary Eleanor, John Andrews, ElizabethMargaret, Clark Paul, Martha B., Samuel Neel, and AliceFlemming.
Samuel built the mansion in 1886 on land purchased in 1881 fromMrs. Barbara Tintsman and Peter Sherrick. The six survivingchildren were all adults at this time. Samuel died in 1894, leavingthe house to his widow Margaret. After Margaret's death in 1904,Samuel Neel Warden became the head of the household. Three of hissisters lived with him, along with two servants. Samuel died in1935, leaving the property to his widow, Pearl Carter Warden. Ather death on March 11, 1960, Mrs. Warden left this property to hersister, Hazel Carter Gilkey.
When Braddock Trail member Bessie Campbell Cook died on July 12,1960, she left to Braddock Trail Chapter one quarter of her estate.With this bequest, the Chapter was able to purchase the propertyfrom the Gilkeys. The indenture was made February 6, 1963, withHazel C. Gilkey and her husband Robert M. Gilkey signing the deedtransferring the property.