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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Nov 29, 2016

2016 C. Emlen Urban Awards Dinner Photos

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

Oct 11, 2016

Join us for the 2016 C. Emlen Urban Awards & Annual Dinner

Details Thursday, November 10th at Lancaster Country Club Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres at 6pm followed by dinner at 6:30 Guest Speaker: Gary P. Klinger, President of the Historic Preservation Trust Tickets will be picked up at the event Interested in attending? For more information or to make a reservation call 717-291-5861 2016 Award Winners Announced The Trust’s annual awards are named after C. Emlen Urban, a renowned Lancaster architect.  It is reported that his philosophy was “to build strong and substantial,” and he spoke of using high-quality materials and...

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...