April 1: First Friday Open House event at the historic Ellicott House

Join me on April 1, 2022, at the beautiful 1787 Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House in downtown Lancaster…

In the News: “Prepare for the ultimate Lancaster ‘Easter egg’ hunt” from LancasterOnline

In the News: Knowing Lancaster County's rich history could earn you $1,500 when you find Uncharted…

Find my Easter Egg; win $1,500 in treasure hunting adventure

Last spring, I held a real-life treasure hunt, and one lucky family walked away 1,000 bucks…

March 19 & 20: Shenks Ferry History Hikes

Join Adam Zurn for an adventure on March 19 at 1 pm for a guided hike…

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,…