In the News: Exploring Lancaster’s Lost Tourist Trolley

In February, YouTuber Caleb Britton from Classy Whale accompanied me on a hike down a section…

Peculiar Names: Intercourse

Lancaster County has several towns with peculiar names. This series examines their curious etymology. Next up:…

Peculiar Names: Paradise

Lancaster County has several towns with peculiar names. This series examines their curious etymology. Up next:…

Peculiar Names: Blue Ball

Lancaster County has several towns with peculiar names. This series examines the etymology of these curious…

Peculiar Names: Bird-in-Hand

Lancaster County has several towns with peculiar names. This series will examine the etymology of these…

Why does George Washington have two birthdays!?!

Today, we celebrate George Washington's birthday. However, it hasn't always been February 22. Examining the historical…

Contest: Win two free tickets to see William Shatner live in York

On March 4, 2022, Shat is going to hit the fan in York! That’s right. William…

Poetry: “The Flood”

Here's a free verse poem that Estlack Joseph William was inspired to write after Estlack Joseph…

Map: Conestoga Navigation Company

From 1829 through approximately 1857, the Conestoga Navigation Company operated a slackwater canal between Lancaster and…

On this Day in History: Columbia’s first bridge across the Susquehanna destroyed

On this day in 1832, the first bridge to span the Susquehanna River between Columbia and…

Ice Jam: Highest level of flooding ever seen at Safe Harbor—January 29, 1978

On January 29, 1978, a combination of ice and melting snow caused the highest level of…

Ice on the Susquehanna

Ice on the Susquehanna is a femme fatale—mysteriously beautiful and potentially dangerous. More than once, this…

Then & Now: Wagner’s 1830 Borough of York

In 1830, artist William Wagner created a series of 38 watercolors that accurately showed how York…

March 26 & 27: Tunnels of Enola Group Hikes

Join Adam Zurn on March 26 OR March 27 at 1 pm for the adventure of…

Brief History of the Atglen & Susquehanna Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad

In 1903, the Pennsylvania Railroad began an ambitious three-year engineering project which ran through Lancaster County,…

April 18: Mysterious Petroglyphs of Safe Harbor Presentation & Book of Secrets Adventure Kick-Off

Join me at the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy for an exciting double-header event on Monday,…

Art: William Wagner’s 1821 Map of Lancaster County

If you enjoy old maps the way I do, you will love this one of Lancaster…

1852: Winter so cold the railroad ran tracks across a frozen Susquehanna

The winter of 1852 froze the Susquehanna at Havre De Grace solid. This presented a problem…

Enjoy this Safe Harbor Visitor’s Guide and Map from 1989

During a recent tour of Safe Harbor Dam, I picked up a copy of the company's…

Armchair Explorer: Inside the Bowels of Safe Harbor Dam

I got an early Christmas present this year when a friend gave me what felt like…