Old Fashioned Christmas to Be Showcased at 123 North Prince Street

Lancaster, PA – December 7th First Friday visitors to 123 North Prince Street, headquarters of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, will be stepping back in time. The building will be decorated for the holidays reminiscent of the 1700’s and 1800’s.

“Lancaster’s most distinguished citizens have been guests at what is today the headquarters of the Preservation Trust. Decorating for the holidays is a perfect way to honor the building’s 225-year history,” said Lisa Horst, in-coming president of the Historic Preservation Trust. “We will have trees, wreaths, mantels with greenery and refreshments. Visitors are welcome to tour this finely restored example of Georgian architecture and its exhibits outlining the story of its restoration and most famous inhabitant, Andrew Ellicott.”

Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House 123 North Prince St.

Ellicott (1754-1820) was a master astronomer, engineer, and surveyor.  He completed the survey of the District of Columbia and helped establish the famous Mason-Dixon border, among many other state boundary surveys. He was personally commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to train Captain Meriwether Lewis prior to the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) that opened up the West for settlement. In later years, Ellicott was the commandant of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Information about First Friday at 123 North Prince Street is available at 717-291-5861. Visitors also can inquire about becoming Historic Preservation Trust members and volunteers.The Historic Preservation Trust accepted the donation of the 123 North Prince Street in 1996 through the generous gift of the Louise Steinman von Hess foundation.


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 preserve and protect Lancaster County’s rich historic and architectural character through education, advocacy and direct action. 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 (circa 1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster. Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.