Posts by HP Trust Director

Nathaniel Ellmaker House

The Ellmaker House (1840) was the home of prominent Lancaster legislator Nathaniel Ellmaker. After construction and ownership by the Kennedy, Ellmaker, Slaymaker and, later, Crouse families, the stately homestead fell into disrepair.  The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County acquired the property and worked for years to locate a developer or investor to save the…

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Franciscus-Carpenter House

Surviving as one of Lancaster County’s seven earliest farmsteads, this 1750 farmhouse in West Lampeter Township was slated for demolition to make way for athletic fields. The Preservation Trust worked with a local Citizens Action Committee and a local school district to develop a preservation plan that included subdivision, installation of underground utilities, and complete…

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Rieber House

In 2004, the Preservation Trust joined with the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA), the Lancaster Environmental Foundation, Manor Township and the descendants of the Rieber family to move and restore the original family structure (1762) located at the entrance to the Creswell landfill in Manor Township. With the growth and diversity of LCSWMA’s…

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Bowmansville Roller Mill

In 2003, the Historic Preservation Trust received a bequest of the Bowmansville Roller Mill (1850) in Narvon. In order to protect the property in perpetuity, a preservation easement was put into place. This lowered the property value thereby making it affordable to potential buyers. In 2004, the mill was sold to private owners who agreed to…

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Watt & Shand Store Façade

This iconic landmark was saved from being demolished due, in part, to the preservation efforts of the Historic Preservation Trust.  The façade could have been lost when the Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott Hotel were built. Fortunately, the Preservation Trust was able to work with developers to incorporate a piece of the past into…

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