As anyone who’s spent any time in York County knows, YDR Editor Jim McClure is a big fan of local history.
I, on the other hand, am a relative newcomer to York County. So when Jim asked me recently about Brockie mansion, I had to admit I had never heard of it.
So, I did a little checking and found out that Donoma Development Company, which is based in Dauphin County, bought the Spring Garden Township mansion in August 2014 for $727,500, according to records on file at the York County land records office.
Norman K A Hoffer, who is one of Donoma Development Company’s owners, according to Pennsylvania Department of State records, could not be reached for comment.
The two-story Brockie was built in 1912, and is an impressive 10,297 square feet. It replaced the original Brockie mansion, which burned in 1912 and was at one point the home of Jeremiah Sullivan Black. Black served as Attorney General and Secretary of State under President James Buchanan.
The current Brockie had its own high-profile resident back in the late 1990s.
It was home to Perry Odak and his wife at the time Odak was named CEO of ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s Homemade in 1997. Odak and his wife, Rosalie Vitrano, sold Brockie in 2004, according to York County property records.