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4,000-year-old emoji discovered on Susquehanna River island

If you think emojis are a fade, think again. This 😐 neutral face carved rock unearthed on…

Lancaster hangs the same man…twice!

The 5th Amendment to the Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same crime.…

Brief History of Quarryville

Spoiler Alert! Quarryville takes its name from the area's 12 quarries that once employed over 100…

Side Quest: Briar Patch hunt for Lancaster County’s only Mason-Dixon Line Crownstone

Lancaster County has five Mason-Dixon line markers along her southern border. I recently posted about an…

On this Day in History: Lancaster prints its first newspaper under the guidance of Benjamin Franklin

On this Day in History. On January 15, 1752, Lancaster's first newspaper, Lancastersche Zeitung or The…

On this Day in History: Winter so cold the railroad ran tracks across a frozen Susquehanna

On this Day in History. The winter of 1852 was so cold that it froze the…

Peculiar Names: Cocalico

"Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" Lancaster County is full of communities with peculiar…

The History of the Hempfield Townships as recorded in the ‘1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County’

Welcome to Township Tuesday, where we will examine the history of different Lancaster County townships each…

Peculiar Names: How did ‘Heckel Stettle’ become East Petersburg?

Known initially as Heckel Stettle, the town of Petersburg eventually added East to its name for…

The History of Columbia Borough as recorded in the ‘1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County’

In the summer of 1726, three prominent Quakers—Robert Barber, John Wright, and Samuel Blunston—came from Chester…

On this Day in History: 82-car freight train collides with a three-ton boulder near Safe Harbor

What happens when an 82-car freight train collides with a three-ton boulder? Engineer William Neway found…

Update on the Search for Lancaster County’s Oldest Headstone

Just when I thought the oldest headstone in Lancaster County debate was settled, I received a…

The History of Leacock Township as recorded in the ‘1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County’

In 1875, Leacock and Upper Leacock Townships were considered two of the foremost townships in Lancaster…

Lancaster’s Forgotten Presidential Candidate: Prohibitionist James Black

Raise a glass (of water) to the honorable James Black, Lancaster's forgotten presidential candidate. In addition…

The History of Manheim Township as recorded in the ‘1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County’

In 1875, Manheim was considered one of the wealthiest and best townships in Lancaster County, whose…

Ancient Native American eel weirs slumber beneath the waters of the Susquehanna

Before the Egyptians built the Pyramids of Giza, Native Americans were constructing giant stone structures on…

Cast your Vote for the Conestoga to be the ‘River of the Year’

The Conestoga River needs your help! Lancaster County's meandering 63-mile waterway has been nominated to be…

The History of Mount Joy Township and Borough as recorded in the ‘1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County’

According to the '1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County,' Mount Joy occupied a conspicuous position during…

The History of Warwick Township as recorded in the ‘1875 Historical Atlas of Lancaster County’

Lititz's history stars a cast of characters that range from families escaping religious persecution to Revolutionary…

Witchcraft and Murder in Hex Hollow

On Thanksgiving Eve in 1928, three men stormed into the home of Nelson Rehmeyer. The horror…