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“Great find in Columbia”

Wright's Ferry Mansion
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Columbia
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

We were in the area and by chance were able to take a tour during Lancaster County's Museum Month. This 1738 home is a great find near the Susquehanna River. It had been the home of Susanna Wright, a Quaker woman, who ran the farm around it that produced such things as silk from silk worms. She lived in the house until she died at age 87. She was a bright well read woman who exchanged books with such people as Benjamin Franklin. The house has been beautifully restored by the Von Hess Foundation which owns it and excellent tours are offered from May to October from 10 to 3 PM on Tuesday, Wed., Friday and Saturday. An informative almost one hour tour was given by our guide Tammy who provided much information about the house, history and Susanna Wright.

This is a wonderful place to learn about the history of this area going back 275 years. As indicated in a previous review, this tour is for adults and would not be of interest to children. Also be aware that there are steps to climb to the second floor and it is not handicapped accessible. There is easy street parking in front and nearby.

3  Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

I was amazed to see that Tripadvisor had no entry in Columbia for Wright's Ferry Mansion. By far, we enjoyed this site more than any other in Columbia.
Tours of the 18th century Quaker house located on the property ($5) are about an hour long, so plan for this. The interiors are amazing... all furniture, metals, glass, ceramics, and textiles pre-date 1750. This is a very rare collection matched only by the architecture!
By far, however, the most interesting aspect of the house is the tour itself. The way it is designed you feel as though you are actually in the house during the 1700s and that you just missed the occupants (they even have fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables which really brings the house to life... you smell the strawberries, apples, etc. and really feel like you are there). The tour talks about Susanna Wright, who owned the house originally (an amazing woman... poet, scholar, industrialist), and her friends (among them Benjamin Franklin).
The only caution about the site that I would mention is that the tour is not for small children (under 5, I would say) as it is an hour long and that they are not open every day. Be sure to check their days and hours before going. It is certainly worth the trip, however. In my opinion, one of the best (if not best) house museums we have ever been to.

25  Thank PennsylvaniaEllie
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