East Petersburg Historical Society

East Petersburg Historical Society The East Petersburg Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving a vital part of East Petersburg's past.
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The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish a safe and pleasant Memorial Day to you all, and we hope that ...
05/25/2020

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish a safe and pleasant Memorial Day to you all, and we hope that you, your family, and friends are remaining healthy during these difficult times. If you can, please take a moment to honor our fallen Americans, who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and well-being.

We hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy during these difficult times for our country. Our Daniel Wolf House is cl...
05/07/2020

We hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy during these difficult times for our country. Our Daniel Wolf House is closed for now, and we miss our friends who stop by on our open Saturdays. We've also had to cancel our public meetings and programs that we had scheduled for this spring. I hope to be able to plant the gardens soon, so honk your horn and give us a wave if you see us out and about, sprucing up the beautiful old home! Thanks for your support of EPHS!!

All of us at the East Petersburg Historical Society are very saddened to hear of the passing of one of our dear members,...
05/01/2020
Carolyn Wenger

All of us at the East Petersburg Historical Society are very saddened to hear of the passing of one of our dear members, Carolyn Wenger, this past Monday, April 27, 2020. Carolyn was a dedicated and supportive member of EPHS, and she was instrumental in efforts to preserve the history of Lancaster County. Carolyn was dedicated to her hometown's historical society, and I always looked forward to seeing her at our public meetings...we'll always remember her "ground cherry pie" that she baked for our local "delicacies" meeting!! Carolyn was a kind, gentle, and caring woman, and she will be missed more than words can express. Heaven has indeed gained a true angel.

Carolyn Landis (Charles) Wenger, 76, of Ephrata, passed from this life on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Fairmount Homes.

Looking through our archives scrapbook, I came across this very touching photo and brief description that was published ...
04/28/2020

Looking through our archives scrapbook, I came across this very touching photo and brief description that was published in the Lancaster newspaper on April 4, 1951. I was hesitant to post, as it depicts a dog, "Brownie", "holding a daily vigil at the grave of his four-year-old former master for almost two weeks." The photo was taken at the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery, where "the pup took up his watch the day of the funeral, according to the grandfather of the youngster." I sincerely hope I have not offended any family members by posting this, but it's such a beautiful tribute to a lost loved one, from a member of the family who is missing his friend.

Here's a little piece of East Pete history that many of you may not be aware of...we had a horse racing track in the 193...
04/07/2020

Here's a little piece of East Pete history that many of you may not be aware of...we had a horse racing track in the 1930's!! This article was taken from the July 4, 1937 Sunday News, detailing East Petersburg's "4th Annual Horse Show", sponsored by the East Petersburg Civic Association. "Hundreds of horse show fans gathered at East Petersburg for the Fourth annual Horse show...as part of their customary Fourth of July celebration. The enthusiastic crowd, ideal weather and an excellent representation of the best show horses of the county make the show a success." Where was the track located, you may be wondering? It was at the north end of the Civics Grounds (Community Park), approximately where the ball diamond is now. We have an aerial shot in our archives that shows the race track...I will post it the next time I am able to get down there.

This is a sadly topical article from The Lancaster Examiner, dated October 23rd 1918, during the influenza pandemic. My ...
03/31/2020
Lancaster Examiner - Flu of 1918 Lancaster Day Nursery

This is a sadly topical article from The Lancaster Examiner, dated October 23rd 1918, during the influenza pandemic. My maternal grandmother, Mabel Stauffer Eckert, who moved to East Pete in 1929, was very ill as a teenager in 1918 with influenza. She recovered, but her family feared she may not, as many were losing their fight every day.

Lancaster Early Education Center, then called Lancaster Day Nursery, was closed in the fall of 1918 during the spread of the influenza pandemic, according to this article from The Lancaster

03/31/2020

Hey there, EPHS fans and followers! Unfortunately, with the "stay at home" orders, I have not been able to get down to the Wolf House and our archives, since I am up here in Manheim, and can't rationalize traveling "to find something in the archives to post on facebook." I do have a few scrapbooks and postcards here at home, so I'll go through them and try to find something interesting to post here while we're all cooped up. We hope everyone is staying healthy, and relatively sane. ;-) Hang in there, folks! And take care of each other, but maintain your safe social distance! Lynn

03/24/2020

Hey EPHS fans...our page just reached 300 followers....thanks so much to all of you for following and liking our page!!!

03/23/2020

The East Petersburg Historical Society hopes that each and every one of you remains healthy and whole throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As it stands now, we will be ceasing all activities and events at EPHS and the Wolf House until further notice, and the "all clear" is given by authorities. Please be safe, and check on your loved ones and neighbors....but maintain social distancing so we can kick this thing in the butt!!! As always, thank you for supporting EPHS!

03/06/2020

The Daniel Wolf House will be open to visitors tomorrow, Saturday March 7th, from 9am until noon. Our president, David Johnson, will be there to chat and answer any questions you may have regarding East Pete history. Stop by and keep us company..we're located on the corner of State and Lemon Streets, at 1905 State, with free parking behind the house.

Thanks so much to our guest speaker this past Monday, Allegra Sensenig (pictured here), for sharing her wonderful family...
03/05/2020

Thanks so much to our guest speaker this past Monday, Allegra Sensenig (pictured here), for sharing her wonderful family stories and photos with us! We had a great turnout for the program, and a lively discussion ensued! Thanks as well to Nevin Brubaker, a nephew of Florence Sensenig (Allegra's grandmother), who also attended our program and donated the Brubaker Green Houses sign to EPHS!!!

Just a little reminder that we will be holding our first meeting of 2020 tonight at 7pm in the EP Community Building, 60...
03/02/2020

Just a little reminder that we will be holding our first meeting of 2020 tonight at 7pm in the EP Community Building, 6051 Pine Street. Help us welcome our guest speaker, Allegra Sensenig, whose ancestors lived on Stevens Street in EP. Our meetings are informal and open to the public, with time allotted for questions and comments. Please join us this evening, and thanks for supporting the EPHS!!

I took a few photos of the house on Stevens Street that will be part of our guest speaker's discussion at our meeting th...
02/28/2020

I took a few photos of the house on Stevens Street that will be part of our guest speaker's discussion at our meeting this Monday. Allegra Sensenig will be sharing old photos of her ancestors' time in EP, when they lived in this home, still standing, and located on the north side of Stevens St, just east of the railroad tracks. You can see it on the 1899 map...the house and barn are the buildings east of the RR tracks on Stevens. Allegra has also done extensive genealogy research on her Brubaker-Sensenig family lines, and will be telling us about that as well. Please join us this Monday, March 2, at 7pm in the EP Community Building, 6051 Pine Street. All meetings are free of charge and open to the public.

I received an interesting message on our EPHS page today, and thank you to the curious author of that message, as I lear...
02/25/2020

I received an interesting message on our EPHS page today, and thank you to the curious author of that message, as I learned something in the process. The question was in regard to this gravestone, which is located in the East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery...note the "skull and crossbones". Could this be the grave of a pirate? I checked with our president, David Johnson, who I found out, not surprisingly, is familiar with Mr. George Kneisly's stone. He was in fact, a Mennonite farmer who lived just to the south of Flory's Mill, in the 1700's. His stone would have been moved to the EP location sometime after 1867, as that was the year of the first interment there. A skull and crossbones on a gravestone was usually a symbol of "Memento Mori", translated as "Remember you will die."
David did mention that there were pirates as close as the Delaware Bay in the 1700's...didn't know that!!! Aaaargh, matey!

02/21/2020

The East Petersburg Historical Society is pleased to announce our first program of 2020, which will be held on Monday, March 2, at 7pm in the Community Building, 6051 Pine Street. Our guest speaker will be Allegra Sensenig, whose ancestors lived on Stevens Street in the early 1900's. Allegra is also the family genealogist, and has done research on the Brubaker-Sensenig families, and she will be sharing early photos of her ancestors and EP. Please join us...all of our public meetings are open to all, and are free of charge. Thanks for supporting the EPHS!!!

Here's another gem I found in our archives scrapbook! This article is from The Lancaster Independent newspaper, dated Ap...
02/12/2020

Here's another gem I found in our archives scrapbook! This article is from The Lancaster Independent newspaper, dated April 2, 1937. The title of the old aerial photo of East Pete reads "Garden Spot of Lancaster County", and the caption is as follows: "An air view of East Petersburg, the center of a section which has earned itself the title of "The Garden Spot of Lancaster County" because of the high productiveness of its fertile farms. Not strewn along the main highway, in the manner of many country towns, East Petersburg is an ideal residential village. Imagine walking out of your back door in order to reach your farm! This is one of the many advantages of East Petersburg, as can be seen from the photo." Ahhh, the good old days....

I believe I recall some folks inquiring about the grassy area along Rt 72, in front of PPL, which was originally owned b...
01/29/2020

I believe I recall some folks inquiring about the grassy area along Rt 72, in front of PPL, which was originally owned by Haydn Zug and served as the location for "Outdoor Movies" in the mid-1900's. It is now the location of a car dealership. I found this Lancaster Newspaper article from July 21, 1969, and it explains, although somewhat ambiguously, the future of the "park". Haydn Zug died without a will, and as a result, "the property must be sold. Some say he had planned to donate the small park to Manheim Township for use and further development as a public park." So no clear answer really, but I will keep digging.

01/29/2020

The Daniel Wolf House will be open to visitors this Saturday, February 1st, from 9am until noon. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate, but if it should snow, I will post here if we decide not to open. I just spoke with our president, David Johnson, and he is planning on being there, so stop by and chat with us! Admission is free, and we have a parking lot behind the house. Thanks for supporting EPHS!!

Ironically, I was going through some archive albums and found this photo from January 16th, 1898, taken in East Petersbu...
01/16/2020

Ironically, I was going through some archive albums and found this photo from January 16th, 1898, taken in East Petersburg!! The photo is from the Lancaster New Era, dated January 14th, 1937, and the caption reads "1898 Had a Warm January Too". The text below the photo reads, in part, "The year 1898 had a warm January too, and these guests at the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Levi Gross at East Petersburg, went outside without coats on January 16 to enjoy mid-winter spring. The high temperature for January 1898 was 63 on Thursday."

Our beautiful Daniel Wolf House with a fresh blanket of snow. Thanks so much to Patricia S. Donoghue and Tom Brommer for...
01/08/2020

Our beautiful Daniel Wolf House with a fresh blanket of snow. Thanks so much to Patricia S. Donoghue and Tom Brommer for taking the pics this morning!!

01/02/2020

The Daniel Wolf House will be open to visitors this Saturday, January 4th, from 9am until noon. Our president and EP historian, David Johnson, will be there to answer any questions you may have about the history of our little town. Admission is always free, and we have parking behind the house at 1905 State Street. Hope to see you Saturday morning!!!

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and whatever ...
12/24/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and whatever else you may be celebrating this season!! Thanks so much to those who have supported us this year, we are so grateful to you for volunteering, and for your generous donations which keep us going. We hope to see you in 2020!!!

From our archives: original letters sent to residents and businesses of East Petersburg in July and August of 1957, anno...
12/15/2019

From our archives: original letters sent to residents and businesses of East Petersburg in July and August of 1957, announcing the scheduled delivery of mail directly to your door, and the requirements for your mailbox or slot. The letters were sent by EP Postmaster at the time, Mr. A. Chester (Chet) Dietrich.

12/04/2019

The Daniel Wolf House will be open to visitors this Saturday, December 7th, from 9am until noon. If you're out and about in EP, stop in and visit with us, we'll be decorating the house for the holidays! Many thanks to our elves, Tom Brommer and Pat Donoghue, for putting the wreaths on our windows yesterday!!! Thanks to all those who have supported EPHS this year, we can't keep going without you!

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo
12/04/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!! We also have a small request a...
11/27/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!! We also have a small request as the holidays approach...if you're an Amazon shopper and would like to support EPHS, we are now a registered charity at AmazonSmile!!! Next time you shop on Amazon, just take a minute to add/change your charity to "East Petersburg Historical Society", and thanks for your support!!

I found this  East Hempfield Township School Tax bill from 1944, paid by an EP resident. Ahhh, the good old days!! Can y...
11/19/2019

I found this East Hempfield Township School Tax bill from 1944, paid by an EP resident. Ahhh, the good old days!! Can you imagine...$5/year for your school taxes!!!!

11/17/2019

A big thank you from the East Petersburg Historical Society to the folks at the Manheim Historical Society and the New Holland Historical Society for organizing and hosting our first "Historical Society Meet and Greet" yesterday at the beautiful old building in New Holland. It was so encouraging to see such a great turnout, with so many of our local historical societies attending. We had a very informative and educational discussion, all of EPHS's officers were there, and we are very much looking forward to the next meeting with our fellow historical societies. I would kindly ask of our community, if you have any suggestions for us, or anything you would like to see your EPHS do in the future, please do not hesitate to let us know. If you would rather not share publicly, you can send us a private message here. We are trying to remain relevant in our community, and we would really appreciate our residents' input! Thanks for continuing to support your local historical societies!!!

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo
11/11/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo

East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish all a happy Veteran's Day, and also to thank our veterans, who hav...
11/11/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish all a happy Veteran's Day, and also to thank our veterans, who have served and protected our country and its people.

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo
11/06/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to give a warm thank you to EP Fire Chief Jamie Rohrer for a very info...
11/06/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to give a warm thank you to EP Fire Chief Jamie Rohrer for a very informative and enlightening program on Monday evening. We learned a lot about the history of our local, ALL-VOLUNTEER fire company, and I took so many pics in their museum, I'm not sure what to post!! If you ever get a chance, check out the EPFD's museum, located in their building on Pine Street...it is amazing!! And always support your local fire department...these guys put their lives on the line to protect us!! Thanks so much to Jamie, and all our volunteer fire fighters!!

Hey EP!! Don't forget about our program tonight, with our guest speaker, East Petersburg Fire Chief, Jamie Rohrer!! We'l...
11/04/2019

Hey EP!! Don't forget about our program tonight, with our guest speaker, East Petersburg Fire Chief, Jamie Rohrer!! We'll also be walking across Pine Street for a tour of the EP Fire Department's memorabilia and archives, so please join us. We will start at 7pm in the Community Building, 6051 Pine Street, where Jamie will give a brief talk, then head over to the FD. Here's a little tease for you from our own archives...anyone know what this is, and its significance? Find out tonight!!! Hope to see you there!!

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1905 State St
East Petersburg, PA
17520

General information

The EPHS is located in the Daniel Wolf House, 1905 State Street. We are open the first Saturday of the month, from 9am until noon. Admission is free. Our meetings are held the first Monday of the month, in March, April, May, September, October, and November, at the East Petersburg Community Building on Pine Street, at 7:00pm. All are welcome, and there is no admission fee. We also sell many commemorative items at the Wolf House, including EP crocks, afghans, and wooden replicas of EP businesses. Please stop in and see all the artifacts and information we have on the history of East Pete!

Opening Hours

Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(717) 664-3808

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The East Petersburg Historical Society

The East Petersburg Historical Society was founded in 1976, by a group of dedicated citizens from East Petersburg and surrounding areas. Our mission is to preserve a vital part of East Petersburg’s history, obtaining and caring for artifacts donated to us by the community, maintaining our historic Daniel Wolf House, and educating the community about the history of our borough.

We purchased the Daniel Wolf House in 1994, located at 1905 State Street, and it serves as home to our museum, gift shop, and archives. The house was built in 1810, and is considered the birthplace of East Petersburg. In 1812, Daniel Wolf offered 79 building lots which were sold in a “lottery”, thus establishing the little town. Our house is now one of the town’s oldest brick structures, and over the years has been used as a school, a tavern, a hotel, and a butcher shop.

We hold meetings on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Community Building on Pine Street, on the first Mondays of March, April, May, October, and November. The Wolf House is open to visitors on the first Saturday of every month, from 9am until 12pm. Admission to our meetings, and the house, is always free, and we welcome guests.

Please consider joining EPHS for the year...membership is $15/year, and brochures are available for download on our website, https://www.eastpetehistory.org. You may also contact on our page at any time, and we can mail you a brochure, or answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for supporting the EPHS!

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I would like some historic information on Flory's Mill. Does anyone have anything? It's for my next novel. Thanks!
A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT TO SONS LAST NIGHT TO SUPPORT THE E.P.H.S.!!
Hey everyone....summer's winding down - BUT LET'S DO "1 MORE ICE-CREAM RUN"!!! Support East Pete. Historical Society Fund raiser - Wed. night, Sept. 5 6:00-9:00!!
East Pete. Historical Society Event (Rev. War Emcampment) STILL ON!! Come on out!
ONE LAST REMINDER!
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I KNOW IT'S EARLY! That's why it says, "SAVE THE DATE"!
ONE LAST REMINDER ABOUT THE E.P.HISTORICAL SOC. EVENT THIS COMING SAT. STOP BY TO SEE SOME AWESOME COLONIAL PERIOD CRAFT DEMONSTRATORS!
COME ON OUT!!!
Park in 1958