The Grape: Secret meeting place for Lancaster’s Sons of Liberty

If you are looking for the epicenter for the spirit of independence in Lancaster County, look…

The Great Indian Treaty of 1744

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

The Conestoga Horse: The first outstanding horse to be developed in America

Lancaster County had its own horse to pull the Conestoga Wagons (click here to read more…

How Columbia and Millersville nearly became the county seat for Lancaster

Lancaster County's first courthouse was not at Penn Square. It wasn't even in Lancaster City.

Tschantz Graveyard: The final resting place for several of Lancaster’s first settlers and one of the County’s oldest cemeteries

1710 Lancaster County Immigrants In 1710 the first extensive settlement in what would later become Lancaster…

Conestoga Wagon: Century Strong Ship of Inland Commerce

The Conestoga wagon, as known as "the ship of inland commerce," was used for over a…

Haunted treasure lies hidden in Safe Harbor; chaotic spoils of the French & Indian War

In 1870, treasure hunters descended into Safe Harbor. Under the cover of darkness, they searched for…

The Great Ice Flood of 1904 that erased Lancaster County towns from the map

In 1904 an ice flood destroyed towns along the Susquehanna. Flooding far exceeded what occurred in…

Was Lancaster County formed to rid Chester of its “thieves, vagabonds, and ill people”?

Infested with Thieves, Vagabonds, and Ill People In 1728, residents living in the backwoods of Chester…

How millions of potato bugs conspired to cause the worst trolley accident in Lancaster County history

The worst trolley accident in Lancaster County history occurred on Sunday, August 9, 1896, causing the…

How did this Martic Forge property end up with 300 millstones? Learn the history of Flory’s Mill.

After years of driving past this brick wall with embedded millstones, I wondered two things. Why are…

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.

There are three Safe Harbors: the Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Dam, the 1930s Village at Safe Harbor, and…

Covering a wooden bridge has nothing to do with the horses that use them. Learn why when you visit Lancaster’s second-longest.

1,500 covered bridges use to cross the streams and rivers of Pennsylvania. Today 200 remain and…

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…

Lancaster County once boasted nearly 500 of these silent stone sentinels. Today fewer than 20 percent remains. Unlock the mystery of these ancient masonry guardians.

Drive the back roads of Lancaster County, and you may have noticed small medieval-looking fortresses embedded…

Side Quest: Revolutionary conspirator and future failed president. Behold the East Orange Street house that sheltered both men.

Would you believe this stately 1749 colonial style mansion in Lancaster City sheltered both a Revolutionary…

Side Quest: What are those mysterious shields adorning historic Lancaster buildings?

Walk around the older neighborhoods of Lancaster City, and you might spy medallions like these adorning…

Side Quest: Understanding Lancaster’s curious ‘eavesdropper’

Who is this mysterious fellow at 121 East King Street that enjoys eavesdropping on your conversation?

Visit the ambitious Lancaster County engineering project that killed 200 men and cost half a billion dollars. Traverse the Enola Low-Grade Rail Trail.

The Enola Low-Grade Line was the engineering marvel of its day. More earth was moved in…

2,000 feet of dark passages. Unforgiving cold. Hungry cave rats. Discover Pequea’s dangerous spelunking underground.

Discover Pequea dangerous underground containing 2,000 feet of cold spelunking passageways. Welcome to the Uncharted Lancaster:…