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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Sep 13, 2016


In 2016 the Historic Preservation Trust is celebrating our 50th anniversary of working to preserve the historic sites and buildings of Lancaster County. Our County is far more urban, more developed and more metropolitan then it was in 1966 when the Trust was founded. Historic sites and buildings have never been more threatened than they are right now. In our first 50 years the Trust has focused on saving one building at a time. Our successes include restoring the Sehnor-Ellicott Von Hess House, the Watt & Shand and Thaddeus...

Sep 11, 2016

Celebrate Ephrata: A Tour of Historic Places

HPT’s popular biennial walking tour will be held in Ephrata, PA this year!  Please join us for CELEBRATE EPHRATA:  A TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES on Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Tour proceeds will support our local and county historical organizations:  the Historic Preservation of Lancaster County, the Ephrata Cloister, and the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley. The Historic Preservation Trust, in cooperation with the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, the Ephrata Cloister Associates, Downtown Ephrata Incorporated, (DEI), The Ephrata Chamber of Commerce, the...

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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