Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Walking Tour Stop 6
Marble stairs and a delicate iron railing lead up to the front door. Fluted pillars and a vaulted ceiling in the entry set off the curving staircase that leads to the third floor. Two large parlors occupy the first floor; the rear parlor is an oval with curved doors and windows. A Robert Welford mantel that stood in one of the parlors is now in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sadly, Stephen Duncan's bride died less than three years after their marriage. Mr. Duncan moved to Philadelphia and sold the house to his brother-in-law, attorney Benjamin Stiles.
Stiles sold the house in 1840 to Rev. J.V.E. Thorn, an eccentric minister, and his equally eccentric wife Susan Hamilton, daughter of Judge James Hamilton. Mrs. Thorn often said that one of her expressed ambitions was “to see the devil just long enough to get his daguerreotype.” The Thorns were childless, and when Mrs. Thorn died in 1867 she bequeathed her fortune to religious and educational institutions.
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Location. 40° 12.07′ N, 77° 11.216′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street (Pennsylvania Route 74) and Bedford Street, on the right when traveling east on High Street. Touch for map. Marker and house are at the southwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Prison (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. William Irvine (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlisle Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. John Armstrong (within shouting distance of this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Bannister Gibson (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Douglass in Carlisle (within shouting distance of this marker); Episcopal Square (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 872 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.