The F. L. Rounds Coal Company was built in 1908 on North Main Street by Fayette L. Rounds. The unique building, designed by architect C.A. Olmstead, featured a 5-ton scale for weighing coal trucks. It served as the F.L. Rounds Coal Company office until 2002.
trucks were weighed on the five-ton scale under the arch and re-weighed after
filling with coal at the large F. L. Rounds Coal Company tipple next to the Vestal D.L.&W. Depot. Donated by the Rounds family, it is owned by
the Town of Vestal who moved it on October 8, 2006 to a position straddling the
Vestal Rail Trail. The building is currently
leased for use as a café with meeting rooms on the second floor. A popular place where trail walkers can obtain
refreshments, it has been dubbed “The Coal House” although a coal house is
actually a place where coal is stored. The
restoration of the building received recognition by the Preservation
Association of the Southern Tier (PAST) in 2013.
Historic Designations:2005 Local Historic Landmark