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Wright's Ferry Mansion

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1738. 38 S. 2nd St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Lancaster historian John Snyder regards this house, which was built for the family of the ferry operators who gave Columbia its original name of Wrights Ferry, as the region's best “traditional English rural type house.” Its long narrow volume was extended to the north, a change marked by the location of the former end chimney. Details such as the pent eave that surrounds the house and a squirrel tail oven may be evidence of German hybridization. The house has recently been restored.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Wright's Ferry Mansion", [Columbia, 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, 323-323.

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