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...

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...


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