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WRIGHT’S FERRY MANSION

Second and Cherry Streets PO Box 68 Columbia, PA 17512
717-684-4325
$5.00 adults $2.50 children
Built in 1738, Wright’s Ferry Mansion reflects the sophisticated tastes and panoply of interests of its original owner, Susanna Wright. Wright’s Ferry Mansion has been restored and furnished by The von Hess Foundation with meticulous care to the time that Susanna Wright lived in the house, from 1738 till 1750, and is the only Pennsylvania English Quaker house that has been furnished exclusively to the first half of the eighteenth century. The restrained elegance and sophistication of Philadelphia William and Mary and Queen Anne furnishings are accentuated by the bucolic austerity of bare scrubbed floors and windows without hangings.

The collection of ceramics, glass, metals, textiles and Pennsylvania furniture made from 1700 to 1750 is one of the most complete and representative in the country and is enlivened by a freshness of impression, as if its eighteenth-century inhabitant had just left the room. The von Hess Foundation has produced a rare combination: a house permeated with the atmosphere of another age and a rich academic milieu that emanates the artistic, cultural and spiritual aspirations of early eighteenth-century America.

Open May through October
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
10:00 to 3:00 (last tour begins at 3:00)
Reservations required for groups