Side Quest: Safe Harbor Village Walking Tour

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

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.…

Groundhog Day’s ancient origins

As with many holiday traditions, the history of Groundhog Day is shrouded in lore, and deciphering…

Lancaster’s surprising royal connection

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

Lancaster’s Darkest Chapter: The Massacre of the Conestoga Indians

On December 27, 1763, the Paxton Boys broke into the Lancaster County Workhouse and slaughtered the…

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 surprising message of Lancaster’s first commercial telegraph

Lancaster was home to the first commercial telegraph in 1846 after Morse's successful proof of concept…

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

Invoking the cemetery's curse is devilishly simple. Those foolish enough to walk the perimeter of the…

Death by Dynamite: The 1906 Shenks Ferry TNT factory explosion obliterates 11 men

In the heart of Bausman's Hollow on June 9, 1906, 2,500 pounds of dynamite accidentally detonated.…

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…