First National Bank Museum

Built in 1814 by James Wright Jr., Grandson of one of the founding fathers of Columbia Pennsylvania  (John Wright), the first National Bank is now a museum. It's located in Lancaster county, one of my favorite places to visit. It's a relatively short drive and the county is loaded with history and old architectural wonders. One such trip through there left me a little disappointed when I stopped by the First National Bank Museum, only to find it shuttered with old boards across the entrance. What a bummer! Or so I thought. As it turns out, they still do tours of the place but by appointment only. So with camera in hand, I shot a couple of exterior images and moved on. I understand that the original teller's cage, vault and other early 19th century items remain inside, so I can hardly wait to get back there, with appointment in hand of course. :-)

Anyhow, here are a couple of the shots taken the last time through Columbia, PA., located on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna River.

First National Bank Museum
First National Bank Museum

It was late evening when this was taken and the sun was setting, providing some golden light. This image has been generously cropped, mainly to remove the not so attractive plywood from the scene but also to focus on the signage. Hell, I was here so just as well make something of the situation. LOL

First National Bank Museum - B&W
First National Bank Museum - B&W

This was pretty sharp right off of the camera but I added a dash of grain for a slightly older feel.

Closing out, we have the side view with the plywood covering. Perhaps this is some measure of protection against the weather or vandals. It's certainly low-tech from a security standpoint as opposed to the high-tech security of the bank's hey day. Those steel shutters on the windows must have provided a measure of safety for the employees inside.

First National Bank Museum - side view
First National Bank Museum - side view

I hope to have some goodies from the early 1800s in a future post.

Thanks for visiting!

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