Wright's Ferry Mansion (1738) - Columbia, PA
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N 40° 01.799 W 076° 30.190
18T E 371743 N 4432167
Quick Description: Gorgeous mansion made of stone. On a street of 18th century structures, this one stands out the most. The mansion also doubles as a museum.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 7/13/2010 9:13:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM98J6
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
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Long Description:

The house is open Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10am-3pm (May-Oct.). Last tour begins at 3pm. Closed July 4th. The museum boasts an outstanding collection of early 18th-century Philadelphia furniture and English accessories predating 1750. This stone house was built in 1738 for English Quaker Susanna Wright.

Wright's Ferry Mansion stands as evidence of the strong rooting of the settlement made by a handful of English Quakers coming from Chester and Darby, Pennsylvania, to wild and virtually uninhabited country along the Susquehanna River. Pervaded by English Quaker elegance and simplicity, this house, built in 1738, reflects the sophisticated tastes and panoply of interests of its original owner, Susanna Wright. A dynamic force in establishing colonial self-sufficiency, she encouraged industry, especially the production of silk; imparted her knowledge of law and medicine by providing counseling and medical help; implanted her Quaker beliefs; and stimulated a literary current through her poetry and correspondence. The mansion houses a superlative collection of Philadelphia furniture, English ceramics, needlework, metals and glass, all made prior to 1750. SOURCE

38 South Second Street
Columbia, PA 17512

Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1738

Architectural Period/Style: Georgian

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
Home to Founder of Wrightsville

Listed Building Status (if applicable): National Register of Historic Places

Main Material of Construction: Stone

Private/Public Access: Privately owned with public access

Related Website: [Web Link]


Additional Dates of Construction: Not listed

Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Admission Fee (if applicable): Not Listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

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