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Nathan Denison House

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1790, John Carpenter. 35 Denison St. at Wyoming Ave.

Colonel Nathan Denison was second in command of the colonists who fought the British at the battle of Wyoming in 1778. After leading survivors to safety he returned to Forty Fort to work as a farmer and raise seven children. Following the adoption of the Pennsylvania Constitution in 1790, he served until his death in 1809 as a judge of the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas. His house, according to oral tradition, was patterned after his house in Connecticut. It is a timber framed, weatherboard walled house with a massive, twelve-foot square central chimney. Recently rehabilitated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and managed as a museum, it is the best example of a late-eighteenth-century New Englandstyle residence in Pennsylvania.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Nathan Denison House", [Forty Fort, 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, 474-475.

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