Historic site marker plaques for homes, barns, bridges and other Lancaster County structures are once again available through the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. The 6-inch by 8-inch oval bronze plaques will be produced locally by Paul W. Zimmerman Foundries in Columbia.
The first Preservation Trust site markers were introduced in 1974, but the program has been inactive since the 1990’s.
“Historic site marker plaques are being brought back by popular demand,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. “Lancaster County has such a wonderful inventory of historic properties, and the ones that are significant should be singled out with a recognition plaque.”
To qualify for the program, a structure must have been built during the World War II era or earlier and must be at least one of the following:
٠ the site of a significant local, state or national event.
٠ a site that can be identified with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the county, state or nation.
٠ the work of a master builder, designer, or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the county, state or nation.
٠ a building that is recognized for the quality of its architecture.
An application will be required for each plaque candidate. The information from the application will be added to the Preservation Trust’s archives of more than 10,000 Lancaster County structures. The cost for each plaque is $190, and this includes a one-year membership in the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.
Horst said the purpose of the program is twofold – to recognize historically and architecturally significant structures in Lancaster County and to encourage the preservation of the county’s rich history.
About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in LancasterCounty,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to preserve and protect LancasterCounty’s rich historic and architectural character through education, advocacy and direct action. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important LancasterCounty landmarks and has provided advice, assistance and guidance in the protection of others. The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster. Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.