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ArtWalk Weekend at the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House

Join us on Saturday, May 21 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 22 from noon until 5 pm when we host the Echo Valley Art Group for a Pop-Up Art Show during Lancaster City’s Spring ArtWalk Weekend in the heart of Gallery Row at 123 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA. Echo Valley…

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Thomas Foster Hermansader to be featured artist at Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County’s May First Friday Open House

Join us on Friday, May 6, 2022, from 5 to 9 pm for a First Friday open house at the beautiful Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House located at 123 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA in the heart of Gallery Row. We will be hosting artist Thomas Foster Hermansader for a one-night-only pop-up art show. Thomas Foster Hermansader…

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Historic Preservation Trust to welcome visitors at 123 North Prince Street for April First Friday

This is no April Fool’s prank! Join us on Friday, April 1, 2022, from 5 to 9 pm for a First Friday open house at the beautiful Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House located at 123 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA in the heart of Gallery Row. We will be hosting artist Evanna Morris for a one-night-only pop-up…

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A Brief History about famed Lancaster architect C. Emlen Urban

C. Emlen Urban February 26, 1863 — May 21, 1939 C. Emlen Urban was born in Conestoga Center, known today simply as Conestoga, Pennsylvania. His parents were Amos Sylvester and Barbara Ann Hebbel. His wife, Jennie McMichael, passed away in 1953 at 91. Their children were Miriam (1889-1976) and Rathfon (1893-1973). Urban is buried at…

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Wrightsville Lime Kilns

North Front Street at Limekiln Alley, Wrightsville Borough of Wrightsville These large stone structures are lime kilns and are remnants of a very important nineteenth-century Wrightsville Industry. The structures are constructed of heavy stone with brick relieving arches and iron lintels that support the upper stone structure. The kilns were abandoned almost 100 years ago,…

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Celebrate Ephrata: Pay a visit to ‘The Grand Lady of Main Street’

The 1923 Ephrata National Bank is one of three Ephrata buildings designed by Lancaster Architect C. Emlen Urban. You can find “The Grand Lady of Main Street” at 31 East Main Street, Ephrata, Pa. In late 1921, The Ephrata National Bank hired C. Emlen Urban to develop plans for a bank building on the former…

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge & Lancaster Courthouse Dome

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge & Lancaster Courthouse Dome 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 Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge and the Lancaster Courthouse Dome were the featured images for December of that year…

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Hidden Treasures: Bangor Episcopal Church

The congregation of the Bangor Episcopal Church is one of the oldest (if not the first) inland Episcopal congregations in the United States. Founded in 1722 and chartered in 1730, it was named for the Bangor Cathedral in Caernarvonshire, Wales, by the Welsh immigrants who worked in the iron-producing industry in the area. This Gothic…

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Historic Preservation Trust to Welcome First Friday Visitors at 123 North Prince Street for December First Friday

Join us on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 5 to 9 pm for a First Friday open house at the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House located at 123 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA in the heart of Gallery Row. Board members will be on hand to talk about historic preservation and the house. We will also be…

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Thank you for a successful First Friday Open House

Thank you to everyone who visited the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House during our November First Friday Open House event! Special thanks go to both the Echo Valley Art Group for organizing a pop-up art show and Uncharted Lancaster for sharing some exciting local history. Here are some photos from Friday. If you were unable to attend,…