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Wright's Ferry Mansion
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Columbia
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Could not have asked for a better guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the house, owner, and the wonderful items in every room. The house is set up in a manner that makes you believe that you just missed the owner. So cozy, that you find yourself wanting to open a book and take in a spot of tea.

1  Thank RobLu S
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

Excellent tour, guide was knowledgable and entertaining. Tour is about the colonial period. Call ahead if you are interested in the civil war period and the underground railroad involvement of the mansion. The civil war period information is not included in the scheduled tours.

3  Thank Charles H
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

The previous reviewers have done an outstanding job telling you about Wright's Ferry Mansion, so I will not tell you about our visit other than to say that we concur that this gem is among the finest house museums we have seen, including those in cities like Philadelphia, Wilmington, Washington, D.C., and Salem, North Carolina. No photographs may be made inside the house. The guide was one of the best I have encountered. I might add that when we saw it recently in early summer, the grounds were magnificent, too. I don't know if they are historically accurate, but they are lovely. Take a little stroll after the tour. There is also a lovely modern office/storage/workspace building that fits beautifully into the site, and an outdoor sculpture that is intriguing. See it soon!

1  Thank Scion
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We had been to the Wright's Ferry Mansion quite a few years ago but just recently returned to take our visiting son there in October 2012. The experience was superb--and the per-person fee of $5 for the one-hour guided tour of the house is absolutely one of the best bargains in Pennsylvania antiquities. Tammy, our guide, was welcoming, knowledgeable, wonderfully responsive, and made our tour of the house and its furnishings thoroughly pleasant and exciting, indeed. We were thrilled by our tour.

The collection of all kinds of pre-1750 Pennsylvania antiquities in the house is assuredly one of the best in the country. The furniture collection is especially outstanding and contains many of the finest period pieces that are the envy of the best and largest museums in the whole United States. Several pieces of furniture are on loan from the finest private collections in the country. In addition, the mansion's collections of glassware, pottery, and silverware contain many marvelous items, and its collection of gadgetry and minutiae of every day life is fascinating and enlightening.
Of course, the house itself is absolutely wonderful and alone is worth visiting at twice the admission price. But the magnificent collections within it enrich the visiting experience immensely.

Its an experience I'm happy to recommend highly if you love old houses, antiques, and history. Many thanks to the Wright's Ferry Mansion group and the Von Hess Foundation.

7  Thank William P
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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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