The Conestoga Area Historical Society

The Conestoga Area Historical Society Preserving the history of the Penn Manor School District serving Conestoga, Manor, Martic, Pequea To

Operating as usual

11/01/2021

Here's a photo of the dam for the Colemanville Water & Power Company being constructed. This hydroelectric dam once supplied power for the Lancaster & York Furnace Street Railway Company that ran a trolley line from Millersville to Pequea. Learn more at https://wp.me/pazrDx-1ET

The image came from a recent Nature Hour presentation by Lancaster Conservancy. Check out the 33-minute mark to learn more about the facility from speaker Kate Gonick. Watch at https://youtu.be/7eARgTJCjw4?t=1998

Today our Fall Fest was very successful thanks to all of our volunteers and demonstrators. We appreciate the donation of...
09/25/2021

Today our Fall Fest was very successful thanks to all of our volunteers and demonstrators. We appreciate the donation of your time and energy to our special event. See you all again tomorrow from 12 to 4. It looks like a lovely day again.

We are hosting our Fall Fest this year on Saturday Sept. 25  from 10 to 4 and Sunday Sept. 26 from 12 to 4. We hope to s...
09/11/2021

We are hosting our Fall Fest this year on Saturday Sept. 25 from 10 to 4 and Sunday Sept. 26 from 12 to 4. We hope to see you.
The winners for the raffles for the rifle and quilt will be drawn at the end of the Fest Sept. 26.

We are hosting our Fall Fest this year on Saturday Sept. 25 from 10 to 4 and Sunday Sept. 26 from 12 to 4. We hope to see you.
The winners for the raffles for the rifle and quilt will be drawn at the end of the Fest Sept. 26.

Thank you again, Adam.
06/12/2021

Thank you again, Adam.

05/02/2021

Finally! We are opening today, Sunday May 2. This year we will only be open on Sundays from 1 to 4.

With the optimistic outlook on the status of the virus and the aggressive vaccine program we have decided to open Sunday...
04/07/2021

With the optimistic outlook on the status of the virus and the aggressive vaccine program we have decided to open Sundays only starting on May 2nd and closing on November 28, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Hours will be 1-4 p.m. The limited availably of docents is the reason for being open one day per weekend. We are also planning to hold the Fall Fest on Saturday September 25, 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday September 26, 12-4 p.m. because it is a basically outside
function. We are not planning on the Early American Christmas this year as it gets packed with people inside the buildings.

With the optimistic outlook on the status of the virus and the aggressive vaccine program we have decided to open Sundays only starting on May 2nd and closing on November 28, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Hours will be 1-4 p.m. The limited availably of docents is the reason for being open one day per weekend. We are also planning to hold the Fall Fest on Saturday September 25, 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday September 26, 12-4 p.m. because it is a basically outside
function. We are not planning on the Early American Christmas this year as it gets packed with people inside the buildings.

03/01/2021

Well, while waiting for spring we’re doing research on the shenks ferry dynamite factory. We’re looking for unknown photos that someone may have stuck in a forgotten box. Or any stories that may have been told, please let us know! ---- Robin Franciscus Maguire

Photos from Uncharted Lancaster's post
01/03/2021

Photos from Uncharted Lancaster's post

Happy Holidays from the Conestoga Area Historical Society!!!
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays from the Conestoga Area Historical Society!!!

Happy Holidays from the Conestoga Area Historical Society!!!

The museum is participating in the  Extraordinary Give again this year on November 20. Please remember us. Thank you for...
10/31/2020

The museum is participating in the Extraordinary Give again this year on November 20. Please remember us. Thank you for your support.

The museum is participating in the Extraordinary Give again this year on November 20. Please remember us. Thank you for your support.

We're sorry to announce that the museum will not be opening this year, our 30th Anniversary year. All of our events for ...
07/28/2020

We're sorry to announce that the museum will not be opening this year, our 30th Anniversary year. All of our events for 2020 are cancelled due to the Covid 19...no Fall Fest or Candlelight Christmas.

We will hopefully have all this behind us and reopen next spring.

Although we are closed, the public is invited to walk around the grounds and enjoy the buildings and gardens.

Thank you for your support and hopefully we will see everyone next year.

Enjoy a virtual tour of our museum since we are still closed. Thank you UnchartedLancaster!
06/23/2020
Virtual walking tour of the Conestoga Area Historical Society grounds

Enjoy a virtual tour of our museum since we are still closed. Thank you UnchartedLancaster!

Take a virtual walking tour of the Conestoga Area Historical Society grounds filled with various buildings that serve as excellent examples of early architecture in the region.

A little story on our first house at the museum. Please come and see it in person whenever we reopen.
05/24/2020

A little story on our first house at the museum. Please come and see it in person whenever we reopen.

Steven Atkinson Log Cabin

https://unchartedlancaster.com/2020/05/24/steven-atkinson-log-cabin/

In 1733, you would have found this log cabin in the Sunnyside district of Lancaster in West Lampeter Township on the Conestoga River. Sunnyside was largely undeveloped before 1900. In fact, the 1875 atlas map displays the area as empty (see the second image). By the 1930s, Sunnyside was a depressed area. The 1933 Home Owners’ Loan Corporation Residential Security Map of Lancaster redlines the entire Sunnyside neighborhood, indicating that the property was thought to be unsuitable for mortgage lending.

Today, you can find the Atkinson House in the town of Conestoga as part of The Conestoga Area Historical Society. Dedicated to preserving the area's history, the CAHS serves the Penn Manor area which consists of the Conestoga Township, Manor Township, Martic Township, Pequea Township, and Millersville Borough. In the basement of the Atkinson House (first image) is the Cellar Museum Shop.

The Michael Harnish house built c. 1748 and moved down the road to our society in August 2000.
04/13/2020

The Michael Harnish house built c. 1748 and moved down the road to our society in August 2000.

04/13/2020

Due to the Covid-19 virus our museum will not open for the season on Saturday, April 18. We will make an announcement at a later date. Please be safe and join us when we reopen.

Thank you for visiting and sharing. We will be closed for the season and will reopen in April.
12/26/2019

Thank you for visiting and sharing. We will be closed for the season and will reopen in April.

I love the *smell* inside the Tobias “Thaddeus” Stehman Blacksmith Shop at the Conestoga Area Historical Society. It reminds me of the grandfather’s workshop.

The structure was an outbuilding on the Stehman family farm in Pequea Township circa 1880. At the turn of the 20th century, it closed when the blacksmith died. The structure sat unused for nearly one hundred years before the building, with all its contents, was donated to the historical society. It is now a working heritage structure.
#UnchartedLancaster

The museum is participating in the  Extraordinary Give again this year on November 22. Please remember us. Thank you for...
11/15/2019

The museum is participating in the Extraordinary Give again this year on November 22. Please remember us. Thank you for your support.

The Conference To Explore Native American, European Life was a success yesterday. Please join us today,  Nov. 10, at 1 p...
11/10/2019

The Conference To Explore Native American, European Life was a success yesterday. Please join us today, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., when the CAHS hosts Will Fenton, director of scholarly innovation at The Library Company of Philadelphia. Fenton will introduce a new graphic novel, "Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga," which was produced with assistance from Circle Legacy Center, Pew Charitable Trust scholars, and public school teachers. Lancaster newspaper columnist and author Jack Brubaker will discuss the aftermath of the massacre of Conestoga Native Americans in 1763.

Conestoga Area Historical Society will be part of the history conference next weekend . Please join us.A weekend confere...
11/02/2019

Conestoga Area Historical Society will be part of the history conference next weekend . Please join us.

A weekend conference staged at two western Lancaster County historical societies will explore the relationships among American Indians and the first Europeans to settle, farm, and trade in central Pennsylvania in the 18th century. A variety of programs will be open to the public without charge.

The conference will begin on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. with the Millersville Area Historical Society's meeting at the Millersville municipal center, 100 Municipal Drive. Nicole Eustace, professor of history at New York University, will present a program titled "Murder and Mercy on the Susquehanna: Captain Civility of Conestoga Teaches Pennsylvania Colonists New Principles of Justice."

At 10:30 a.m., conference participants may enjoy a self-guided historical driving tour to refresh their memories of the William Penn land area and the Native American use of that land. The tour was created by local historians Darvin Martin and Christine Brubaker. The tour will stop at notable sites along the Conestoga River and Indian Creek and conclude at the Conestoga Area Historical Society (CAHS), 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga, where lunch will be served.

The tour will also include a stop at land owned by Brookfield Renewable Partners, which has public access and is a Lancaster County Historic Preservation Trust site. Brubaker, who organized the conference, is spearheading a movement to have the abandoned house and its surrounding land designated as a cultural and historic heritage park, with a proposed name of Penn-Logan Outdoor Education Center. The park would be dedicated to the indigenous people and provincial settlers of Pennsylvania and highlight the Native Americans' Great Conestoga Road, Pennsylvania founder William Penn, and Penn's secretary, James Logan, who owned land in Conestoga and Manor townships.

At 1 p.m., Barry Lee, a board member and song leader for Circle Legacy Center, a local Native American advocacy group, will share his wampum belts and heritage stories.

The conference will continue on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., when the CAHS hosts Will Fenton, director of scholarly innovation at The Library Company of Philadelphia. Fenton will introduce a new graphic novel, "Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga," which was produced with assistance from Circle Legacy Center, Pew Charitable Trust scholars, and public school teachers. Lancaster newspaper columnist and author Jack Brubaker will discuss the aftermath of the massacre of Conestoga Native Americans in 1763.

The conference has been designed to promote awareness of early Native American and European relations and, especially, of the major role Logan played in connecting the two groups. Logan, whose primary home was in Philadelphia, owned about 500 acres along the Little Conestoga Creek and the Conestoga River. He also established a trading post that served the Conestoga Native Americans who lived in Manor Township. The Conestoga wagon originated in the area and carried trade goods throughout the commonwealth and beyond.

"We hope this program will launch a new awareness of (Native American)/settler relationships,'' said Brubaker. "We also hope it will help build momentum for a recreational and educational public cultural heritage park to be created on Logan's historic land. We want to emphasize the unique nature of the relationships he helped forge in William Penn's Pennsylvania.''

Registration for the conference is not required. Lunch orders will be accepted at the Millersville Area Historical Society meeting. For more information about the conference, readers may contact Brubaker at 717-872-8971 or [email protected].

(published in the Penn Manor Advertser 10/23/2019)

Reminder: Our Fall Fest is this weekend September  28 and 29. We hope you will join us. 10 to 4 on Saturday and 12 to 4 ...
08/22/2019

Reminder: Our Fall Fest is this weekend September 28 and 29. We hope you will join us. 10 to 4 on Saturday and 12 to 4 on Sunday.
Scenes from our 2018 Fall Fest.

The museum is now open for the 2019 season and so is our Cellar Museum Gift Shop. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 ...
04/27/2019

The museum is now open for the 2019 season and so is our Cellar Museum Gift Shop. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4. The gift shop takes cash or checks only for now. Lovely seasonal Spring decor available.

Atkinson House
04/16/2019

Atkinson House

Atkinson House
04/16/2019

Atkinson House

2019 Events at CAHS
04/16/2019

2019 Events at CAHS

03/01/2019
Robin

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We will be doing an exhibit on the Pequea Silver Mines this upcoming season! It’s very exciting and we are looking for any contributions, especially photos. So, look through your photos and see if you have any, and like us, the older the better!

01/13/2019

While the Society is closed until mid-April 2019, we continue to look for and need more docents. If you are interested in volunteering at C.A.H.S., please contact the Society at 717-872-1699 and our Docent Coordinator will be in contact with you.

12/01/2016

The Early American Candlelight Christmas will be held on Sat. Dec 10th 5-9 pm. Demonstrations will include blacksmith, pottery, tinsmith, broom maker, weaving and carpenter. Music by the General Reynolds Band and the Manor Singers. Refreshments in Gundle Hall and Harnish House Tavern. The flintlock pistol raffle will be drawn at 9pm. Watch out for the Belsnickle! This is our last event of the year. We close on Sunday Dec. 11 and reopen after Easter.

11/27/2016

Thank you for thinking of us during the ExtraGive fundraiser. We recieved $1525.00 from 22 donors. In addition, John Lahrs name was drawn for an additional $1000.00 from Benchmark Construction, one of the ExtraGive sponsors.

Be sure to donate to the Conestoga Area Historical Society on November 18th.
10/31/2016

Be sure to donate to the Conestoga Area Historical Society on November 18th.

Annual Fall Harvest Festival this weekend.  Saturday, September 24th from 10 - 4 and Sunday, September 25th from 12 - 4....
09/23/2016

Annual Fall Harvest Festival this weekend. Saturday, September 24th from 10 - 4 and Sunday, September 25th from 12 - 4. Lot of demonstrations sales of crafts made by local crafts persons, music and activities for children.

Looking for help this Saturday, May 14th around 8:30ish to help vacuum and clean the museum. Lots of cobwebs lurking. Br...
05/11/2016

Looking for help this Saturday, May 14th around 8:30ish to help vacuum and clean the museum. Lots of cobwebs lurking. Bring your shop vacs and come on down!

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Conestoga Area Historical Society garden. I was helping my father- in-law care for the garden. It's beautiful.
I had the opportunity to assist my father-in-law, Jim Heistand, in caring for the Historical Society's garden. He planted and cares for the garden daily. After I watered the garden I couldn't help but take a few photos to share. Beautiful.
Would you have any family genealogy for Johann Mundorff? Born: 1714 Neiderkassel, Rheinland, Germany Death: 1774 (59-60) Conestoga, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States I'm also trying to find his grave site in Conestoga, PA. Thank you for your time, Matt Mundorf
There is an email attached, we need a contact name and contact information for your society. Thanks
I would like to order a copy of my 5th great-grandfathers Will from Lancaster Co. Martic Township. Could someone provide the details to accomplish this.
Are you still doing the Christmas event? When are you posting details?
I’m hoping someone might be able to help me who is really really good at digging up family history. I’ve been trying to go as far back as I can on my name Bones. However, I can’t seem to find hardly anything on the surname (I’ve found quite a bit on the surname “bone” but have yet to find any connections to my family). All of my Bones relatives were born in Safe harbor. I have record of them from the late 1700s up until the late 1800s. I’d really like to go further back than the late 1700s but I literally can’t find any mention of my last name in the counties records. Would anyone be able to help a young family historian out? 🙂
We will be doing an exhibit on the Pequea Silver Mines this upcoming season! It’s very exciting and we are looking for any contributions, especially photos. So, look through your photos and see if you have any, and like us, the older the better!