Gone, But Not Forgotten: Elm Tree Dairy In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled “Gone, but not Forgotten” as a reminder of some things that aren’t here anymore. The Elm Tree Dairy was the featured image for April of that year and was painted by J. Richard Shoemaker.…

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: Weather Mountville Barn In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled “Gone, but not Forgotten” as a reminder of some things that aren’t here anymore. The Amish schoolhouse Barn was the featured image for March of that year and painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Artist’s…

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Update March 21, 2021. It was a whirlwind of a weekend! Scores of people joined the crusade to find the treasure at the end of the Secret Trust Adventure. The Longnecker family using a single segment of the GPS coordinates and their superior local history skills to decipher the poem located the cache this evening.…

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Imagine our pleasant surprise to rediscover this advertisement for the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House on the back of the Canoeing Guide to the Historic Conestoga published by the Conestoga Valley Association in 1976.  Here’s the text of the ad. Treasured Lancaster Landmark – Built 1780 Home of Andrew Ellicott Home of Penna. Chapter No. I Lewis &…

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Central Hotel / Bube’s Brewery / Cooper Shed 102 North Market Street Mount Joy, PA 17552 Bube’s Brewery is the most important and still surviving late 1800s brewery and one of the few late Victorian hotels in intact condition, remaining in Lancaster County. The entire complex, including the brewery, cooper’s shed, and bottling works buildings,…

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: Weather Mountville Barn In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled “Gone, but not Forgotten” as a reminder of some things that aren’t here anymore. The Weathered Mountville Barn was the featured image for February of that year and painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Artist’s…

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For more than 45 years, the prolific Urban created many of the historic landmarks that are fundamental to the beloved character of Lancaster City. In this post, we will examine Urban’s 1911-1912 West King Street structure. This narrow building presents an elegant facade designed by C. Emlen Urban in the French Baroque style during the…

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30 South 2nd Street 1795 In 1795, William Wright, financier of the first bridge across the Susquehanna and grandson of one of the founders of the community of Columbia, built a mansion next to his aunt, Susanna Wright’s home, the Wright’s Ferry Mansion. Both of these residences originally faced the Susquehanna River but as the…

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The history of this beautiful property dates back to the earliest days of our country. It was the second of three forges along the Conestoga River in Caernarvon Township, and the fourth forge constructed in Lancaster County. The story of the owners of Poole Forge is an example of the interrelationships through the marriage of…

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