Lancaster Mayor Richard Gray will proclaim Saturday, October 18, Lancaster History Day in recognition of the 20 sites on the Historic Lancaster Walk & Talk Tour on the 18th. The historic business and industry sites have adaptive re-use in common. Constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, the sites have been preserved and restored for 21st century purposes – offices, residences, restaurants, and hotels. “Lancaster’s history and cultural heritage areinextricablylinked to its architecture,” stated Mayor Gray in the proclamation. “Our movement to save historic structures and celebrate their importance with the Historic Walk & Talk Tour demonstrates our willingness to save historic buildings and restore them for adaptive reuses.”
Historic preservation encourages neighborhood revitalization, economic development and heritage tourism. The Historic Lancaster Walk & Talk Tour is a joint education initiative of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County and Moxie House, publisher of Fig Lancaster, a guide to local shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment in the City of Lancaster.
In addition to adaptive re-use, another theme of the tour is how the railroads chartered the course for downtown Lancaster’s development in the 1700s and 1800s. Much of the three-mile long tour is along the corridor from where the railroad station once stood, at the corner Queen and Chestnut streets, northwest along where trains used to run toward where Franklin & Marshall College is today.
Sites on the tour are the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787), H. Doer Tobacco Warehouse (1886), Hirsh & Brother Tobacco Company Warehouse (1869-1874), Fulton Theatre (1852),Lancaster Central Market (1889),Old City Hall (c. 1795-1798), Brunswick Hotel site (1915-1920), Pennsylvania Railroad Station site (1834), Lancaster Storage Company Garages (c. 1808-09; storefront c. 1920), High Welding Company (c. 1820), S. R. Moss Cigar Factory (1896; rebuilt 1907), Swisher & Buckwalter Tobacco Warehouses (c. late 800’s to early 1900’s), G. Falk & Bro. and A. S. Rosenbaum Tobacco Warehouse (1881), John DeHaven Tobacco CompanyWarehouse (c. 1876),Edison Electric Illuminating Company (c. 1886 and 1892), Robison, Blair and Company Factory (c. 1906), Wacker Brewing Company (c. 1799), Stevens High School (c. 1904-1906) and The Walter Schnader Tobacco Warehouse (c. 1900).
In addition to a wealth of history on the tour and docents dressed in 19th century attire, there will be ice cream, candy and spirits. Yuengling’s Ice Cream will be served as well as Miesse Candies and The Hershey Company’s new Lancaster soft caramel creme candies. Season’s Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom will serve samplings. The tasting rooms will be open at Thistle Finch Distillery and the Wacker Brewing Company.
Artist Rebecca Lee also will demonstrate her work on the tour, and artwork from Penn-Mar will be displayed. Many of Penn-Mar’s larger pieces have had upwards of 85 individuals take part in their creation.
Tickets for the tour are $18 for members of the Historic Preservation Trust, $20 for non-members and $10 for children under the age of 12. Blocks of five tickets may be purchased for $75. Ticket sales will be at 123 North Prince Street (Tour Stop #1). The self-guided tour begins at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.
About the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster County,” the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s mission is to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. The trust has been directly involved in preserving important Lancaster County 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.
About Moxie House Moxie House, based in Downtown Lancaster’s progressive Historic East Side neighborhood, is led by founder and principal, Deborah Brandt. Moxie House is the creator and producer of Fig Lancaster. Fig showcases local arts, dining, shopping, entertainment and learning opportunities in distinctive towns and small cities. Anchored by a print publication with free distribution four times per year, each new issue of Fig features new businesses coming to town and people doing innovative things in their city, with special attention paid to those who give back and make a difference. Learn more at http://figlancaster.com.