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Penn's Tavern

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c. 1791. 113 River Rd. and PA 147, 8 miles south of Sunbury

The uniformity of English-based vernacular across eastern Pennsylvania is evident in this two-room-deep, central-hall-plan house that overlooks the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River. It is likely that Revolutionary War officer Samuel Auchmuty built the inn in 1791 as the eastern terminus for a ferry operated by Adam Fisher, who lived across the river on the Isle of Que. The community surrounding the building became known as Fisher's Ferry. The stone building has served as a hotel, ferry house, post office (1854), and railroad station (1857). Today, as Penn's Tavern, it is a dining establishment that continues to be a favorite stopping place for the refreshment of weary travelers.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Penn's Tavern", [Sunbury, 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, 398-398.

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