Posts by HP Trust Director

2017 Awards Featured in LNP

Each year we seek out and recognize projects and individuals who have dedicated enormous efforts to  preservation and restoration in Lancaster County.  Read about the 2017 Award Recipients and our strategic process featured in this LNP article.

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First Friday Event

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped to make our First Friday Event a huge success!  We had a few hundred community members tour our historic house, enjoy talks by Matt Barley on woodworking and chairs, and enjoy classic Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and treats by La Petite Patisserie.  We look forward to seeing…

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Heritage Outlook July 2017

We have released a new version of the Heritage Outlook!  All members will be receiving it via email, unless requested for by mail!  We hope you enjoy the extended first addition and we welcome comments and ideas for the future. Check it out… View the latest Heritage Outlook Newsletter in PDF format. Simply click the…

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2017 Gourmet Gala!

Thank you all for attending and supporting the 2017 GOURMET GALA at the recently restored EXCELSIOR!  It was an amazing Sunday afternoon spent with the best food and drinks in Lancaster, and our wonderful community members!  We could not have asked for a better day!  We raised over $34,000!  We cannot wait to see you…

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Efforts to save Leib House

Our President, Gary Klinger, along with the rest of the organization, are working hard to save historic properties like the Leib House in Warwick Township.  It has been an ongoing debate, but progress is being made.  The HPT stands to “preserve and protect the county’s rich historical architecture and resources” while also making progress towards…

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Thaddeus Stevens House

The unsung hero of the 1860s and the movie “Lincoln” was Thaddeus Stevens (1792 -1868) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Congressman Stevens, chairman of the powerful House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee, made it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to win the uphill struggle of passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States…

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Lydia Hamilton Smith House

The Lydia Hamilton Smith House (1850s) on Vine Street in downtown Lancaster is part of the Stevens-Smith Historical Site that integrated into the Lancaster County Convention Center. Lydia Hamilton Smith (1815 – 1884) became powerful Pennsylvania Congressman Thaddeus Stevens’ housekeeper in 1847. For 25 years, she managed his home and businesses and also accompanied him…

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Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House

Built in 1787 by German builder Gottlieb Sehner, this property is significant because Andrew Ellicott ( (1754 – 1820) lived in it for 12 years. It was here where Ellicott, commissioned by U. S. President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826),  taught Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809) surveying techniques for the  Lewis & Clark Expedition (1803-1806) of western territories. The house was…

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Lancaster Central Market

The Preservation Trust, working in partnership with the Friends of Central Market, was the project coordinator of the report that provided an assessment, guidelines and recommendations for the preservation and development of the Central Market (1889) in downtown Lancaster. The assessment was the focal document for the upgrades that have been made to the Central…

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