Robert Fulton Birthplace
1932 Fulton Highway
Quarryville, PA 17566
(717) 548-2679
Official Website

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Robert Fulton is undoubtedly most famous for having built the steamboat Clermont, which successfully navigated the Hudson against winds and current in 1807. This versatile inventor, however, was also an accomplished artist. Among his most famous works are miniature portraits of prominent Philadelphians, including Benjamin Franklin, with whom Fulton associated.

The beautiful stone house where Fulton was born in 1765 was destroyed by fire in 1822. It has since been restored to its original appearance. Visitors can tour the house and see what life was like in the mid-18th century. Many of Fulton's activities are recounted here. The busy artist-inventor traveled much of Europe and was involved in a wide variety of projects, including inventing various tools, and working with the U.S. Nay to develop a torpedo -- he actually blew up a brig in New York Harbor as a demonstration. He also designed the world's first steam-powered warship. It was launched after Fulton's death in 1815.

Throughout the year the Southern Lancaster Historical Society -- operator of the Fulton Birthplace -- conducts a number of special events, fairs, youth projects, family educational programs, and other activities for members.

Groups, as well as families, can enjoy an educational tour of the house. School Groups of just about any age will benefit from the history to be found here. Groups should have 10 or more people.

Hours: Open Memorial Day - Labor Day, Saturday 11am - 4pm, and Sunday 1 - 5pm. Open other times for groups by appointment. Call before visiting.
Adults $4.00
Children under $2.00
Call to confirm.
Group Reservations: At least 4 weeks in advance suggested.
Lunch: Picnic area available.
Handicapped Access: Partial. Call with your needs.
Directions: Rt. 30 West to Coatesville to Rt. 372 West to Quarryville. Turn left onto S. Church St. to Rt. 222 South, about 7 miles to Fulton Birthplace. 90 - 120 minutes west of Philadelphia.

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