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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: First Humans

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the first humans in Lancaster County. Obviously, white Europeans were not the first people to live in this part of the world. Who were they were and what was their life like?   Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County The…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: Our Natural Environment

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses how Lancaster County’s unique natural environment has impacted our lives from the very earliest days. This brief video explains the natural forces that created the treasures we all enjoy and need to protect.   Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County…

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Gone, But Not Forgotten: Hinkletown Mill

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Hinkletown Mill 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 Hinkletown Mill was the featured image for May of that year and was painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Artist’s Notes…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Elm Tree Dairy

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: Amish Schoolhouse

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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Sign up for the ‘Secret Trust Adventure’ today!

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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Blast from the Past: Canoeing Guide to the Historic Conestoga

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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Architectural Tour of Mount Joy: Bube’s Brewery

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

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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C. Emlen Urban: Kirk Johnson Building on West King Street

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…