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Explore Bausman’s Hollow along the western edge of Conestoga Township inside what is now called Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. Along the banks of Grubb Run can be found the ruins of various long-abandoned stone foundations, dark tunnels, large culverts, the grounds of an exploded dynamite factory that claimed the lives of 11 men, and the nearly 300-year-old Benedict Eshleman Cemetery.
This 82-acre preserve is a wonderland of babbling brooks, jagged boulders, large rock shelters, and abandoned buildings. The abandoned buildings and forgotten basketball court once belonged to the Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster, who built them in the early 1960s. At the time, the property was called Camp Snyder and was used as a youth summer camp until the late 2000s.
About two miles from the Susquehanna River inside of Conestoga Township along the banks of the Pequea Creek was the small hamlet of Colemanville. This former town once boasted an iron-works, rolling mill, and forge as well as the homes of the many workers. It’s also home to the second-longest covered bridge in Lancaster County.
Cutting through the southern end like a demarcation line is one of the greatest feats of engineering marvels in Lancaster County—the Atglen & Susquehanna (A&S) Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) or commonly referred to today as the Enola Low Grade. The goal of this ambitious project? Create a low-grade railroad line with no slope steeper than one percent and no curve sharper than two degrees.
Easy on paper.
Difficult in reality.