We strive to educate Lancastrians about how historic preservation benefits neighborhood revitalization economic development, heritage tourism and conservation.


We aim to instill an appreciation for Lancaster County’s historic architecture and landscapes. Education is the common thread that runs through our programs.


Our success comes through collaborating with property owners, architects, academicians, developers, contractors, realtors, historic preservationists and government officials.


Since being founded in 1966, the Historic Preservation Trust  has worked to identify and protect historic structures countywide.  Below are just some of our successes:


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Jul 20, 2016

Accepting nominations for the C. Emlen Urban awards!

C. Emlen Urban … … was a renowned architect who left his mark on Lancaster with numerous homes and commercial buildings that make up Lancaster City’s landscape today.  Each year at the annual dinner, the Trust honors projects and individuals, organizations, and businesses for their contributions to the historic preservation of Lancaster County.  If you know someone or an organization or business that you feel deserves to be recognized for their work and commitment to historic preservation at the dinner on November 10, 2016, you may download the nomination...

Mar 22, 2016

Shop For A Cause! Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Park City Center

Visit us at the mall! What could be more fun than shopping and dining while supporting the Trust at the same time? Shop For A Cause EXPO is an initiative of the Lancaster Hempfield Rotary Club in conjunction with Park City Center. The Trust will be competing against other non-profit organizations to receive a monetary prize. Shoppers present their in-mall receipts dated April 16, 2016, to the Rotary Club booth in Center Court to cast their votes for their favorite non-profit. For each dollar in receipts from stores and...

Mar 22, 2016

Nominations for 2016 C. Emlen Urban Award Winners

Historic buildings are more than just buildings with character; they are reminders of Lancaster County’s place in American history. When we lose historic buildings, we lose a piece of history. Each year the Trust gives awards to individuals and businesses for their dedication to historic preservation. The Trust will soon begin accepting nominations of individuals and businesses for the 2016 C. Emlen Urban Awards. If you know someone or a business that you feel should be recognized for a project or their dedication to historic preservation, please check back...


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