River Guide: Mouth of the Conestoga

Ponder this for a moment. Millions of years ago, an enormous lake once existed at what…

Grave Money: Why do some tombstones have coins on them?

Discover why do some tombstones have coins on them.

Graveyard vs. Cemetery: What’s the difference?

Graveyard vs. Cemetery. What's the difference? It's subtle, but there is one.

Would you believe cowboys fought in the American Revolution…and on the side of the British?

The American Revolution produced the first "cowboys." But these hard riding, clever guerrilla fighters worked for…

Aiden Lair Lodge and Theodore Roosevelt’s Midnight Ride to the Presidency

During a recent trip to the Adirondacks, I retraced Theodore Roosevelt's historic midnight ride to the…

Race Against Time! Exploring the abandoned Kingsley Tower before its destruction

A Fourth of July weekend road trip turned into a race against time as I attempt…

The busybody: Benjamin Franklin’s greatest “invention”?

Is the busybody Benjamin Franklin's greatest invention? Perhaps not but the story behind it is.

‘Hizzoner’ John Passmore the larger than life first mayor of Lancaster

Unwrap the unique life of ‘Hizzoner’ John Passmore. Lancaster’s eccentric and larger than life first mayor.

Join the search for Lancaster County’s oldest tombstone

The question is simple. Where is Lancaster County’s oldest tombstone located? Finding the answer is harder…

Side Quest: Explore the 300-year-old Pequea Silver Mine

Go down in history when you explore the 300-year-old abandoned Pequea Silver Mines.

Side Quest: Safe Harbor Village Walking Tour

Explore the historic Safe Harbor Village with this 1.25 mile self-guided walking tour.

‘Colonel’ John Mead: the enigmatic ‘Gentleman Bum’ of the River Hills

The discover the mysterious life of "Colonel" John Mead, a man who spent the last 25…

Sickman’s Mill: A stone monument to a forgotten time

Sickman's Mill located along the banks of the Pequea Creek is a monument to a forgotten…

Side Quest: Visit the Grave of former President James Buchanan

On this Presidents’ Day, I visited the grave of Pennsylvania’s only* Commander in Chief, James Buchanan.…

Lancaster’s surprising royal connection

Pop Quiz: What connection does King George, Queen Caroline, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke…

Lititz answers the call of freedom; becomes a hospital town for Revolutionary War wounded

For eight months in 1778, the town of Lititz served as a hospital caring for hundreds…

A brief history of booze and the origins of other alcoholic terms

As with other American pastimes, alcohol and related activities developed colorful terms each with fascinating etymologies. 

America’s first documented Christmas tree was here in Lancaster

Many of America's Yuletide customs were brought to Pennsylvania by European immigrants. Of them, a various…

The Mystery of Slanted Topped Stone Walls

Pop Quiz: This 100-year-old stone wall once corralled what animal? Click the Start Quiz button below to find out.…

Haunted Lancaster: The White Werewolf and the Full Moon Curse of Shock Graveyard

Legend holds that anyone foolish enough to walk seven times around Hans Graf Cemetery under the…