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

Annual Fund Drive

We are looking to step up our devotion to the mission to preserve and protect Lancaster County’s rich historic and architectural character in 2017. We have had tremendous success this year and have huge plans for the future.  With that being said, we simply cannot function without your generous financial support.  We ask you to be as generous as possible in order to continue our fine tradition of preservation and the promotion of architectural integrity that gives Lancaster County its unique combination of historic and modern elements. Preservation enriches...

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...