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Packwood House Museum (Andrew Shearer's Tavern)

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Andrew Shearer's Tavern
1796, 1866, 1886, 1936. 10 Market St.

Packwood House Museum is a rare three-story log building. It began in 1796 as Andrew Shearer's Tavern, a public house on Water Street serving ferry patrons. By 1866, land piled along the riverfront had turned the ground floor into a basement. Reoriented to Market Street and renamed the American Hotel, it accommodated the growing number of travelers arriving by canal and train until 1886 when it was converted to apartments. In 1936 John and Edith Fetherston purchased the twenty-seven-room building to house themselves and their art collection; they called it “Packwood House,” the name of the Fetherston ancestral Tudor estate in Warwickshire, England. By Edith Fetherston's bequest, the house became a privately endowed museum that houses a collection of Americana. Around the corner at 13–19 N. Water Street is a two-story brick row house that served as the building's carriage house from 1860 to 1900.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Packwood House Museum (Andrew Shearer's Tavern)", [Lewisburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-UN16.

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, 411-411.

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