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April 2018

Gourmet Gala - May 6th 2018


Please join us for the 34th Annual Gourmet Gala on Sunday, May 6th from 4-7pm!  

Held once again at the beautiful and restored Excelsior located in downtown Lancaster, the Gourmet Gala is the longest-running gourmet food fundraiser in Lancaster County. All proceeds from this event will go towards our mission to preserve and protect the rich historic and architectural character of our county through education, advocacy and direct action. Help us to indulge in this elegant evening for the community while trying sweets and savories from around 30 of our county’s finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and more. We will also feature a silent auction with a variety of wonderful items. Bring family, friends, and friends of friends!

Tickets available online at hptrust.org, by emailing director@hptrust.org, or by calling 717-824-1245

Thank You!!

The Trust would like to thank all of our amazing Gala vendors and sponsors for helping to make this years' event the best one yet!


  • Advanced Landscapes
  • Beers + Hoffman Architecture & Interior Design
  • Benjamin Roberts Office Interiors
  • Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • Ephrata National Bank
  • Eve Environmental
  • Galebach’s Floor Finishing, INC.
  • High Real Estate Group
  • J & J Heating & Cooling
  • Jeff LeFevre, Realtor, GRI, CRS, Green, e-Pro
  • Lancaster County Magazine, Media Sponsor
  • Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority
  • Land Transfer Co
  • Manbel Devco I, LP
  • Musselman Lumber
  • One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning
  • Orrstown Bank and Orrstown Financial Advisors
  • Post & Schell PC
  • PPL Electric Utilities
  • Pure Water Technology
  • Redcay Development Companies
  • Rhoads Energy
  • rlps architects
  • Susquehanna Style, Lifestyle Sponsor
  • The Groves Retirement Home
  • Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP
  • Two Dudes Painting Company


  • Altana
  • Annie Bailey's Irish Public House
  • Bistro Barberet
  • Cabalar Meat Co
  • Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen
  • Cameron Estate Inn & Restaurant
  • Cracked Pepper Catering
  • Devon Seafood + Steak
  • Dutch Haven Shoo-Fly Pie Bakery
  • Federal Taphouse
  • Geneva Bakery Café
  • Gypsy Kitchen at the Refectory
  • John Wright Restaurant
  • La Petite Patisserie
  • Lonely Monk Coffee
  • Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate
  • Penn Square Grille
  • Root
  • Seasons Olive Oil and Taproom
  • Signature Catering on King
  • Stateside Urbancraft Vodka
  • Stoll & Wolfe Distillery
  • The Hotel Hershey - Harvest
  • The Log Cabin
  • The Pressroom
  • Thorn Hill Vineyards
  • Union Barrel Works
  • Waltz Vineyards

Bowmansville Mill Opening Weekend

The Bowmansville Mill will celebrate its' opening June 3rd, one of only four weekends a year the mill is open to the public.  Live demonstrations will be available at one of the country's only remaining water-powered mills, and it's not a site to miss!

The Bowmansville area was settled in 1732 by Mennonites from the Palatinate and Switzerland. Among these early settlers were members of the Guth family. Christian Guth, or Good as the name became known, settled on the Muddy Creek at the southern edge of the village of Bowmansville. On this site he erected a water powered grist mill that may have been a combination of mill, home, and possibly served as a Mennonite church. The property was operated by the Good family through 1843.

Around 1846 the Good family sold the property to Henry Von Neida. In 1850 a portion of the mill was damaged by fire. Henry tore down the old mill and built the present stone grist mill. Henry continued to operate the mill until his death in 1883. Henry's son John Adam Von Neida inherited the mill and operated it until he was fatally injured in 1912 while working at the shafting in the mill. John's son Henry succeeded his father in the business and continued to operate the mill until the early 1950's.

The Mill sat idle for many years and was sold at auction on July 1, 1967 to move the machinery to a mill in Union County, New Jersey. Due to a misunderstanding with the New Jersey politicians the project was dropped. Restoration of the current mill started in 1969 and was completed in 2003.


November's Extra Give Fundraiser A Success

On November 17, 2017, The Historic Preservation trust of Lancaster County participated in the Lancaster County Community Foundation's annual Extraordinary Give event, raising a total of $5,185 for the Trust! Despite a ceiling leak canceling its open house, the Trust and its members came together to raise even more money than in 2016.

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County thanks each of its 60 donors as well as all the volunteers who worked hard to raise awareness of the event. This money will go to preserving the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess house and funding various Trust programs. Watch out for communications about next year’s Give and how you can help!

Made up of over 500 organizations, the Extra Give is Lancaster’s largest fundraiser, and with sponsored matches, every dollar donated can go even farther to make a difference in our community.

2018 Membership Drive

The Trust invites you to become a member and help make a difference in your community! As a member-run organization, the Trust mebers further our mission to educate and empower the Lancaster community in preserving our architectural heritage.

For more information, visit us online at hptrust.org or call us at 717-291-5861.


Upgraded Website

As part of our continuing efforts to improve The Trust’s online presence, we have recently unveiled an updated website design. This site will make it easier for visitors to learn more about our mission as well as accessing vital resources on historic preservation in Lancaster.

Highlights include: growing social media presence, more attractive and user-friendly web-page, and more!