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

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.…

Hang’em High! The macabre history of public hangings in Lancaster

Almost as soon as people started living in Pennsylvania, we started executing them. Lancaster's first hanging…

In the 1700s no one ever accused Lancaster’s constables of being soft on crime

During the 1700s, no one ever accused Lancaster’s early constables of being soft on crime. Records…

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…