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Fort Hunter

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1814, 1876. 5300 N. Front St., 5 miles north of Harrisburg

Fort Hunter is the romantic name given to Revolutionary War officer Archibald McAllister's country seat overlooking the Susquehanna River. A small workers’ village called Hunter's Mill also survives to give a sense of a frontier settlement at the point when the move of the capital to Harrisburg and the various canal projects centered on the Susquehanna made the region a center for transportation industry. McAllister's house is a handsome survival of the type of eighteenth-century country houses around Philadelphia. The Centennial Barn, constructed in 1876, is a fine example of a Pennsylvania bank barn in its larger size, wood siding on the upper levels, and roof spire of the post–Civil War years. The site is operated by Dauphin County and is open to the public.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Fort Hunter", [Harrisburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 350-351.

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