The Wright’s Ferry Mansion was initially built in 1738 by Susanna Wright’s father, Richard and brother, John before being passed down to her. At that time, she brought it back into operation as a boarding house. This historic property in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been kept authentic, with all original features intact, including the kitchen where meals were cooked for guests on certain days of week or month depending on whether they came during off-hours when no one else needed room service.
With Susanna’s fluency in Latin and Italian, she also studied French when she moved to Pennsylvania’s frontier. Literature was always a delight for this intellectual woman. Through London booksellers, though, they brought European civilization into the wilds of America. Versed as an heiress with knowledge about many languages aside from English (which most Americans spoke at that time), she made sure everyone around them knew there were more ways than just survival via learning other tongues.
This colonialist’s mind was never satisfied with what she had. She continuously sought out new knowledge, ordering books from abroad and receiving little gifts like thermometers or almanacs for the New Year in return – even though Ben Franklin thought she might be too bright for such things. When Benjamin Franklin sought advice from Susanna, he got more than just encouragement. Her brother James provided flour for the troops to help support Braddock’s exhausted army during its struggle against French and Indian forces near Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh). For centuries people have been eating apples grown on this very property – which was once known as “Shawnee Run Farm.”
Wright’s Ferry Mansion is a Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker house that has been restored and furnished with great care to the period in which Susanna Wright lived there from 1738 till 1750. This single-family home offers visitors an opportunity for insight into early American history through its uniquely historic environment, exclusively featuring pieces dating back half a century before.
The breathtaking beauty of the Philadelphia William and Mary or Queen Anne furnishings is accented by a few simple elements. The open floor plan, lack of hanging on windows, and uncluttered designs make this residence seem more modern than old-fashioned in some ways while still retaining its historic character completely intact. The restrained elegance & sophistication of these pieces are accentuated when they’re surrounded by bucolic austerities – such as plain scrubbed floors that allow you to see every inch of ground inside.
What comes to your mind when you think of the most scenic landscapes by Lancaster? Of course, it will be a picturesque valley surrounded by gorgeous mountains for many people. But for others who live or travel across this state, there’s one more location that can’t hurt addition: Chickies Ridge. The name itself means “little chickens,” which makes sense considering how much rock has been shaped into its distinct form.
The uplifted Cambrian Chicky Formation extends several miles east before merging into surrounding higher grounds at Hellam Hills State Forest.Read More