Fort Hunter Mansion

5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-1718 - United States



Museum Day Hours of Operation: 10:00 am ‐ 4:30 pm

Spectacularly situated on a bluff overlooking the Susquehanna River and etched by the lives of prominent Harrisburg families, Fort Hunter Mansion remains very much a home. With its handsome entrance hall, elliptical staircase and furnishings of the Reily family, 19th century life is richly portrayed on guided tours.


Hanging by a Thread showcases needle work from the Fort Hunter collection. Mrs. Reily was accomplished in the needle arts, serving as president of the Harrisburg Needle Work Guild for several years in the early 1900s. Her diary makes note of her attendance at statewide Guild meetings as well as overseeing functions of the Guild held at the Harrisburg Y.W.C.A. A variety of forms of needle work will be displayed in the exhibit, including several outstanding Crazy Quilts, paper piecing, a woman’s bodice from the late 1700s, table coverings and hand towels.

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