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George Urban mansion in Cheektowaga open for tours this weekend

The George Urban mansion on Pine Ridge Road, former home of one of Cheektowaga’s most prominent residents, will be open for tours Saturday and Sunday.

George Urban Jr., whose family started a milling company, built the first roller mill in the United States. It was located at Genesee and Oak street in Buffalo, across from the company’s original building. The company later built a five-story brick and steel building at Urban and Kehr streets that was the first mill in Buffalo to extensively use power generated by Niagara Falls.

The Pine Ridge Road estate once covered between eight and nine acres, according to the town’s Historical Association and Museum. In addition to the home, there was a grape vineyard, a pond stocked with trout and gold fish, and gardens featuring 150 varieties of roses.

The cost of tours, which include the mansion and grounds, is $10 per person - children age 3 and younger will be admitted for free with a parent. The home, at 280 Pine Ridge Road, will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online at historicgeorgeurbanmansioncelebrationtour.eventbrite.com or for cash only at the door.

Proceeds benefit Villa Maria College, True Vine Christian Center, New Apostolic Church and Living Waters Fellowship.