– The Historical Society of Perry County has been awarded a $500,000 grant for the restoration of Clark’s Ferry Tavern, one of those most historic structures in the county, according to Sen. John DiSanto (R-15) and Rep. Perry Stambaugh (R-Perry/Cumberland).
Established in 1789, Clark’s Ferry Tavern in Duncannon served travelers on an important, westward route. The Historical Society of Perry County and the Friends of Clark’s Ferry Tavern intend to rehabilitate the structure and create a welcome/community center inside of it.
The grant comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), which can be used for acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.
“I am pleased to advocate for state funding for local initiatives that support cultural enrichment and economic development. The Clark’s Ferry Tavern Rehabilitation promises an economic stimulus to the Duncannon area and an additional community asset for festivals, markets and other outdoor events. I applaud the efforts of the many volunteers who have invested their time, energy and talents into advancing the project to this stage and wish them continued success,” DiSanto said.
Stambaugh praised his predecessor in office, Rep. Mark Keller, for the advocacy he lent to the project.
“The historical society has impressive plans for the tavern, which in its heyday saw more than a dozen wagons come through each day when crossing the Susquehanna River,” Stambaugh said. “It will be fantastic to see the tavern restored so that it can again be enjoyed by residents and visitors.”
Glenn Holliman, president of the historical society, said the tavern was in danger of being demolished when it was purchased by the Borough of Duncannon in 2012. The historical society took ownership of the property in 2015.
“We are now undertaking the engineering and architectural plans for this tavern, then we’re going to fundraise to try to match the $500,000 grant. There is a lot of work ahead!” he said.