On this Day in History: George Washington makes his final visit to Lancaster

On this day—September 20, 1796—George Washington made his fifth and final visit to Lancaster, PA. The…

On this Day in History: George Washington Visits Lancaster

It was on this day—July 3, 1791—that George Washington made his most triumphant visit to Lancaster.…

At Lancaster’s founding the town was English in name only

At its founding, Lancaster was English in name only. Had you walked down the streets of…

Haunted Lancaster: Christopher Franciscus and the Hungry Wolf

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

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…

Mr. Washington Goes to Lancaster

It's Presidents' Day! As such, we celebrate the life of George Washington. But did you know…

Enjoy the 40-page 1929 City of Lancaster Comprehensive Plan

Enjoy the 40-page 1929 City of Lancaster Comprehensive Plan. It's data analysis and policies guided the…

Peruse the 1976 edition of the ‘Watt & Shand Employee Handbook’

At this year’s The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library book sale, I came into possession…

View the only contemporary image of Lancaster’s first “real” courthouse

View the only contemporary image of Lancaster's first “real” courthouse in this 1757 sketch by Nicolaus…

Lancaster Central Market: The oldest, continuously running public farmers’ market in the country

Lancaster Central Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States with fresh…

Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House: Home to the surveyor who helped define America

Today, 123 North Prince Street houses the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, but in the…

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…

Lancaster’s surprising royal connection

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

Lititz answers the call of freedom; becomes a hospital town for Revolutionary War wounded

For eight months in 1778, the town of Lititz served as a hospital caring for hundreds…

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…

This Lancaster bookworm has been reading the newspaper daily for 40 years

Lancaster's metallic bookworm has been reading the newspaper daily for nearly 40 years. But how much…

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 Laughing Ghost of Gonder Mansion

Behind the walls of Strasburg's most beautiful home lies a dark secret. More than 100 years…