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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,…

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Sehner-Ellicott-Von Hess House t-shirts by Goodthree now on sale!

Purchase an exclusive, one-of-a-kind t-shirt featuring the beautiful and historic Sehner-Ellicott-Von Hess House, home of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County located at 123 N. Prince Street in Lancaster, PA. Click here to purchase your shirt. To read about the history of this beautiful house, check out our blog post: See the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House…

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2021 C. Emlen Urban Award Winners

Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Announces the 2021 Recipients of their Annual C. Emlen Urban Awards The C. Emlen Urban Awards recognize people and projects for their efforts in preserving significant historic sites in Lancaster County. Lancaster, PA, October 2021 – Founded in 1966 to “stem the rapid destruction of historic properties in Lancaster…

"With its mansard roof, dormers and large first and second floor windows this well restored Second Empire Victorian Home (1874) in southeastern Massachusetts shows pride of ownership"

How to Uncover the History of Your Home

This article comes courtesy of Daniela Gonzalez from Porch.  Every house has a history and a story to tell. Unless your home is brand-new construction, each home carries its unique background and may have some fascinating tales to tell. You might wonder how to trace the history of your home to learn more about it. Each…

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Architectural Symbolism – Octagons: Redemption and Restoration

Here’s a fun fact about architectural symbolism and the number eight. The number eight holds profound significance in European Christianity. Church architecture often incorporates design elements that include octagons, especially those dating back to the Colonial period. You might be asking yourself why the number eight is so important. The answer lies in Easter Sunday.…

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

Join us on Friday, November 5, 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. Echo Valley Art Group…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: The Modern Era

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses Lancaster County in the modern era. Memories often cloud our understanding of history by infusing nostalgia where it doesn’t belong. This video chapter takes a snapshot look at more recent events from the 20th century, while still being uniquely set…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: Stories of People and Places

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the stories of people and places in Lancaster County Fame and prominence are not always true indicators of importance, but they certainly do get our attention. Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County The Trust was established in 1966 to help…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: Buildings and Structures

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the buildings and structures of Lancaster County. From the quaint to the truly remarkable, the legacy of generations past can be experienced in a unique way by looking at what still stands from prior generations. Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster…

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History of Lancaster County for Newbies: Industry, Commerce, and Transportation

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the industry, commerce, and transportation in Lancaster County. Our county’s continued level of robust activities has been remarkably sustainable from the start. It also becomes the driver for everything the community endeavors to do. Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County…