The American Revolution comes to Lancaster

When did the American Revolution begin for Lancaster? June 15, 1774.

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…

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…

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 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…

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 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…