Haunted Lancaster: Christopher Franciscus and the Hungry Wolf

With urban sprawl spreading across the county, it is easy to forget there was a time…

Haunted Lancaster: The Ghost of General ‘Mad Anthony’ Wayne and his Missing Bones

Revolutionary War General "Mad Anthony" Wayne has the unique distinction of being the only Pennsylvanian known…

The History of Lancaster County’s Borders

Happy Birthday, Lancaster County! It was on this day, May 10, in 1729 that Lancaster County…

Canassatego and the Great Seal of the United States

I recently had the opportunity to speak to the second graders at Lafayette Elementary about Native…

16 Roads, Bridges, and Places worth knowing about in Lancaster County

If you love old maps like I do, then you will enjoy this one from 1978…

1978 map of Lancaster County’s creeks, towns, and hills

If you love old maps like I do, then you will enjoy this one from 1978…

1978 Map of Lancaster County Central Park

If you love old maps like I do, then you will enjoy this one from 1978…

Map of Native American paths in Lancaster County

If you love old maps like I do, then you will enjoy this one from 1978…

1978 map of Lancaster County’s Covered Bridges

In 1978 Lancaster County had 34 covered bridges. Today, it's 29. Here's a great map showing…

The American Revolution comes to Lancaster

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

‘Spanish Flu’ in Lancaster

COVID-19 isn't the first pandemic to strike Lancaster. In 1918, "Spanish Flu" exacted its toll on…

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

Legend holds that anyone foolish enough to walk seven times around Hans Graf Cemetery under the…

Haunted Lancaster: All aboard! The Rock Point Tunnel Railroad Ghost

Even if you don't believe in ghosts, Chickies Rock is a place of death. At least…

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: The Legend of Ironville’s Headless Horseman

“I’ll be in Columbia by the stroke of midnight…or I’ll be in Hell!” These words and…

Haunted Lancaster: The ‘White Angel’ of Shenks Ferry’s Haunted Tunnel

Local lore hangs heavy at Shenks Ferry. Stories vary but most center around the death of…