Hang’em High! The macabre history of public hangings in Lancaster

Almost as soon as people started living in Pennsylvania, we started executing them. Lancaster's first hanging…

In the 1700s no one ever accused Lancaster’s constables of being soft on crime

During the 1700s, no one ever accused Lancaster’s early constables of being soft on crime. Records…

Haunted Lancaster: The Witch Sisters and Chiquesalunga’s Curse

Three witch sisters once lived in a small house atop Chiques Hill. Rather than leave their…

Haunted Lancaster: How a doomed ferry crossing, dynamite, and grief lead to watery deaths on the Susquehanna

At its peak before the completion of Columbia's first bridge in 1814, 15 different ferries were…

Haunted Lancaster: The sad tale of Lover’s Leap at Chickies Rock

Even if you don't believe in ghosts or spectral apparitions, Chickies Rock is a place of…

Haunted Lancaster: Did the Curse of Chickies Rock cause the worst trolley accident in Lancaster County history?

In 1896, the worst trolley accident in Lancaster County history occurred. It killed six people and…

Haunted Lancaster: Death by Dynamite. How building the Enola-Low Grade claimed 200 souls

If you were looking for potentially haunted locations in Lancaster County, the 200 souls lost constructing…

The day Lancaster was the nation’s capital

September 27 On this day in 1777, Lancaster became the nation’s capital when fourteen members of…

The Great Indian Treaty of 1744

In June of 1744, scores of Native Americans began to gather outside of Lancaster in a…

Wooden Nickel proves to be a priceless heirloom. Brief history of wooden nickels in the United States

I recently rediscovered these wooden nickels in a keepsake box buried in the back of a…

100 years ago Lancaster’s trolleys transported 12 million people annually. Today almost all signs are gone. Join the search for the lost Pequea Trolley

Beginning in the late 1800s, a system of trolleys ran all over Lancaster County. One line…