Pair of historic islands recently listed for sale in Pennsylvania

Kristen Walters

If you've ever wanted to own an island (or two) in Pennsylvania, now is your chance. Read on to learn more.

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According to AnyPlaceAmerica, there are 237 islands in Pennsylvania. However, two of them were recently listed for sale.

Independence Island and Baileys Island, located in the Susquehanna River in Dauphin County, were recently listed for sale for $150,000 for the pair.

According to the listing on the Long & Foster Real Estate website, the islands once housed a private dance hall and ferry. They are also within close proximity to the docks on City Island.

According to local reports, both islands are currently owned by brothers Robert and John Ensminger. The islands have been in their family for many generations, but local reports said the brothers have owned them for about twenty years.

Robert Ensminger, now 71 years old, told local reporters that he and his brother are "both getting there in age," which is what prompted their decision to put the two historic islands on the market.

According to local sources, the two islands have not been on the market since around 1916. Apparently, the Ensminger family entertained the idea of selling the islands to the City of Harrisburg around that time. It is rumored that the city wanted to turn the islands into a public swimming resort.

But, eventually, the deal fell through, and the two islands remained under the ownership of the Ensminger family.

If you are interested in learning more about the Independence and Baileys Islands, you can visit the property's listing here on the Long & Foster Real Estate website.

Kristen Walters is an independent local business writer. She is not affiliated with the business featured in this story.

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