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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Dec 12, 2016

33rd Annual Gourmet Gala

JOIN US FOR THE 33RD ANNUAL GOURMET GALA.  Samplings of Lancaster’s tastiest culinary treasures will be available at the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s Celebration on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The event will be held at the historic and recently re-opened Excelsior at 125 East King Street in downtown Lancaster from 4-7 pm, with proceeds benefiting the organization. Many of the county’s top restaurants and wineries will be featured at the gala showcasing samples of their gourmet fare.  Community members will get the unique opportunity to try food and...

Nov 29, 2016

2016 C. Emlen Urban Awards Dinner Photos

Thanks to the everyone for participating in the 2016 C. Emlen Urban Awards Dinner.

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...