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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.
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.
In 1870, treasure hunters descended into Safe Harbor. Under the cover of darkness, they searched for $4 million in buried French gold guarded by an “Indian Spirit.” Do you have what it takes to find the treasure?
Drive the back roads and Lancaster County, you may have noticed small medieval-looking fortresses embedded into the hillsides. These stone structures were never strongholds charged with protecting local villagers but essential tools for building a civilization.
100 years the Conestoga Traction Company annually moved 12 million passengers to all corners of the County. Today almost all signs of this rail system have been erased. Join the search for the lost Pequea Trolley.
Along the Susquehanna at the mouth of the Conestoga River lies a village born in fire but died from ice. Survey the razed company ghost town of Safe Harbor.
Discover Pequea dangerous underground containing 2,000 feet of cold spelunking passageways. Welcome to the Uncharted Lancaster: Wind Cave Adventure. Enter at your own risk!