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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07/28/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo

We have a Russian Sage invasion in the Wolf House garden! I've been cutting it back on a regular basis, but it's just go...
07/28/2019

We have a Russian Sage invasion in the Wolf House garden! I've been cutting it back on a regular basis, but it's just going crazy!! The more mature stems are wooden, like shrubs, so it's impossible to eradicate completely without digging up the whole bed. Oh well, the bees are certainly enjoying it, so I'll just try to keep it under control! :-) Lynn

I know I promised to open the Wolf House every 3rd Saturday of the month from 1pm til 4pm, and that would be tomorrow. H...
07/19/2019

I know I promised to open the Wolf House every 3rd Saturday of the month from 1pm til 4pm, and that would be tomorrow. However, due to the extreme heat warnings, and lack of air conditioning, I've decided it's not wise to open the house. If you were planning on stopping by tomorrow, please message me here on our page, and maybe we can set up a time to meet there. I will have our ice baths ready!! Keep cool, everyone! Lynn

Did you know that a "plank road" once ran through East Petersburg? The artist's rendering and story are excerpted from a...
07/14/2019

Did you know that a "plank road" once ran through East Petersburg? The artist's rendering and story are excerpted from a 1964 book by Frederic Shriver Klein, titled "Old Lancaster, Historic Pennsylvania Community". Dirt roads were often impassible for wagons and carriages, and with wood aplenty, our ancestors found that smooth, wooden planks placed horizontally on logs made a much smoother ride. The Plank Road went from North Queen Street in Lancaster, north through EP, to Manheim, and young men found the road to be ideal for horse racing. The second photo is a copy of stock that was sold to help defray the cost of the plank road...this shows 80 shares at $25.00 each, owned by EP resident Henry Imhoff. We are not sure about the validity of the "toll gate" mentioned below the stock photo, as EP had several "turnpikes" later on, and it's possible there were not toll gates on the old plank roads.

07/05/2019

The Daniel Wolf House will be open tomorrow, Saturday July 6th, from 9am until noon. Stop in and say hello, our president, Dave Johnson, will be there to answer any questions you may have about the history of East Petersburg. Admission is free, and we have parking behind the house, off of Lemon Street. If you can, help us out with maintaining the Wolf House by purchasing a raffle ticket for our "Wolf House Restoration Raffle"! Thanks for your support!!

"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof." Inscribed on the Liberty Bell. The East Pet...
07/04/2019

"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof." Inscribed on the Liberty Bell. The East Petersburg Historical Society wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day!!

From the birthplace of the United States of America, Happy Independence Day!

This is a photo of my parents' wedding party, taken at their reception in front of my mom's family home in East Petersbu...
06/27/2019

This is a photo of my parents' wedding party, taken at their reception in front of my mom's family home in East Petersburg. This was June 27, 1948, at the house which still stands on the northeast corner of State and Pine Streets. My grandpa, in the middle, O.S. Eckert, owned the gas station which some of you "old-timers" may recall resided on that corner from 1929 until the mid-60's. A little piece of East Pete history which is very close to my heart.

I was going through some miscellaneous archives folders, and found this great first-hand account from Bertha Gochnauer, ...
06/24/2019

I was going through some miscellaneous archives folders, and found this great first-hand account from Bertha Gochnauer, about the fire on August 11, 1909 at the home of Joe Forney, which was started by an oil lamp. EP quickly saw the need for their own fire department, and on February 2, 1910, a Constitution and by-laws were made, and the East Petersburg Fire Company No 1 was started. The other photo is from an advertising circular, circa 1900, showing the "Andes Fire Apparatus Works". Note: The photo of the Fire Hall states that it was located on State Street. The old Fire Hall was on Main Street, just north of what is now the EP Borough Office.

East Pete's first official borough council meeting, photo published in the Intelligencer Journal in January, 1948. The m...
06/23/2019

East Pete's first official borough council meeting, photo published in the Intelligencer Journal in January, 1948. The meeting was held on a Monday night in the East Petersburg Fire Hall after the officials took their oath. Left to right, around the table, are J. Lloyd Hollinger, councilman; Walter Zuck, councilman; Harry B. Ober, councilman; Claude M. Doerr, secretary; Virgil Spencer, president; H. Melvin Binkley, burgess; David Erb, councilman;Noah Getz, councilman;S.B. Sheetz, councilman.

06/15/2019

If you happen to be roaming around EP this afternoon, stop by the Wolf House and check us out! We will be open from 1pm until 4pm today! Pick up a Wolf House Restoration Raffle ticket while you're visiting, and thanks for supporting EPHS!!!

Today is National Flag Day. President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation on May 30, 1916, establishing Na...
06/14/2019

Today is National Flag Day. President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation on May 30, 1916, establishing National Flag Day as June 14, and it became official on August 3rd, 1949, when President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day!

Hi everyone! We're going to do something different this month at the Wolf House. For my fellow "not a morning person" pe...
06/12/2019

Hi everyone! We're going to do something different this month at the Wolf House. For my fellow "not a morning person" peeps, we will be open to visitors this Saturday, June 15th, from 1pm until 4pm. Stop in after you're up and about, check out your local historical society, and if you'd like, help us out with our Wolf House Restoration Raffle by purchasing a few tickets. Admission is free and we have parking behind the house, off of Lemon Street.

Hopefully, the people have been heard! As of now, the beautiful, historic Conestoga House and gardens will remain as is,...
06/07/2019
Conestoga House sale called off in Lancaster Township

Hopefully, the people have been heard! As of now, the beautiful, historic Conestoga House and gardens will remain as is, with no subdivision of the grounds at this time.

Two weeks after residents packed a Lancaster Township Planning Commission meeting about a proposed change to Conestoga House & Gardens, the tentative sale of the garden tour and events venue

We remember this day, 75 years ago, when thousands of lives were lost as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. ...
06/06/2019
How Many Were Killed on D-Day?

We remember this day, 75 years ago, when thousands of lives were lost as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Allied military leaders knew that casualties on D-Day could be staggeringly high. Historians are still calculating the death toll.

06/02/2019

The EPHS would like to thank the folks with East Petersburg Day for organizing the Taste of the Town East Petersburg event. We had so much fun meeting everyone who stopped in at the Wolf House yesterday. Thanks to all those who joined the tour and made the rounds on a beautiful Saturday!

Nothing like a good old mystery! What an interesting story...hopefully they'll be able to locate the family of the Lanca...
05/28/2019
LNP + LancasterOnline

Nothing like a good old mystery! What an interesting story...hopefully they'll be able to locate the family of the Lancaster soldier.

Janet Plumb says getting in touch with the soldier from Lancaster, or his family, would help put a human face on the heroism she has come to admire in her dad.

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day, as we honor those who ...
05/25/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day, as we honor those who have given their lives for our country.

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo
05/25/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo

We can't say thank you enough to Greg Bucher, of Chancey's, who donated the shutters that are currently going up on the ...
05/08/2019

We can't say thank you enough to Greg Bucher, of Chancey's, who donated the shutters that are currently going up on the Wolf House!! And also, many, many thanks to our volunteers, Howard Rogers and Galen Greenly, who have spent countless hours scraping, sanding, and painting the shutters!! Howard put a few of them up the other day, and they add such a beautiful, historic touch to our house. Most of them have the original hardware, which makes them even cooler!!! If you'd like to help us out with our projects, please stop by the Wolf House, or pm us here on our page. Thanks for your support!!!

05/06/2019

Don't forget!!! The EPHS is holding our May meeting tonight, Monday May 6th, at 7pm at the Community Building on Pine Street. Our president, David Johnson, will be showing his arrowhead collection, and discussing early Native American tribes which inhabited the Lower Susquehanna Valley. Bring you own arrowhead collections for a show and tell...our meetings are informal and open to the public. We will be electing EPHS officers during our brief business meeting prior to the program. Hope you can join us, and thanks for your support!!

Hi East Pete!!! Stop by the EPHS's Daniel Wolf House this Saturday, May 4th...we will be open to the public from 9am unt...
04/30/2019

Hi East Pete!!! Stop by the EPHS's Daniel Wolf House this Saturday, May 4th...we will be open to the public from 9am until noon. We are getting ready for summer, and that means maintenance on our historic house. If you are willing and able to volunteer, we can use all the help we can get!!! You can also support EPHS by purchasing tickets for our upcoming raffle.."The Wolf House Restoration Raffle". Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, and you can get them at the house this Saturday, or at our meeting this Monday, May 6th. Thanks for supporting us!!!

Look what I just found amongst my secretary stuff...an old brochure from the East Petersburg Walking Tour, on May 15, 19...
04/25/2019

Look what I just found amongst my secretary stuff...an old brochure from the East Petersburg Walking Tour, on May 15, 1976! The cover has this pencil drawing by local artist Dorothy Hollinger, of the Historical Society's Daniel Wolf House, dated 1975. I'll be posting some pictures from this great brochure, keep checking in with us!!!

04/25/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society will be holding our next meeting on Monday, May 6th at 7pm in the Community Building at 6051 Pine Street. Our "guest" speaker will be EPHS President, David Johnson, discussing his personal collection of arrowheads, most of which Dave found in the Gettysburg area. He will tell us about the very early Native American tribes that inhabited the Lower Susquehanna Valley, prior to European contact. Please feel free to bring your own arrowhead collections for a "show and tell" session....our meetings are informal, and always open to the public! We will also be electing EPHS officers at a brief business meeting before the program. For more info, check out our page, website, or call Lynn at 717-664-3808. Thanks for your support!!!

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04/14/2019

East Petersburg Historical Society's cover photo

The East Petersburg Historical Society is welcoming Spring and Summer this year with "The Wolf House Restoration Raffle"...
04/11/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society is welcoming Spring and Summer this year with "The Wolf House Restoration Raffle"!! Our Daniel Wolf House is 209 years old now, and the old homestead needs some maintenance work, so we decided to run a raffle in hopes of raising some funds for our projects. First prize is $200 cash, second prize is a $100 value "Date Night" basket, and third prize is a $50 value "Book Nook" basket. Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. You may contact us via our page, stop by the Wolf House on open Saturdays (1st Sat of the month from 9am til noon), or call Lynn at 717-664-3808. The raffle will be held on Thursday, August 1 at 6pm, at the Wolf House. You do not need to be present to win!!! Thanks for your support!!!

The Daniel Wolf House will be open tomorrow, Saturday April 6th, from 9am until noon. We are located at 1905 State Stree...
04/06/2019

The Daniel Wolf House will be open tomorrow, Saturday April 6th, from 9am until noon. We are located at 1905 State Street, corner of State and Lemon, with free parking behind the house. Stop in and visit with us...our president, David Johnson, has a wealth of knowledge on the history of EP!!! Thanks for supporting us!!! And stop in at Geneva Bakery across the street for a bite to eat while you're on OUR "square"! :-)

04/03/2019

The East Petersburg Historical Society would like to thank our speaker from Monday's program, Steven Hain, for a very interesting and moving discussion about his good friend, Bart Lynch. Steve told Bart's story in a very personal, and touching way, and everyone was riveted throughout the evening. We have seen our attendance at meetings more than double over the past few years, so we would also like to thank the EP community for their continuing support of EPHS!!!! Don't forget, the Wolf House will be open to visitors this Saturday, April 6th, from 9am until noon...stop in and visit with us!!!

We will be holding our next meeting tomorrow night, Monday, April 1st, at 7pm in the Community Building, 6051 Pine Stree...
03/31/2019

We will be holding our next meeting tomorrow night, Monday, April 1st, at 7pm in the Community Building, 6051 Pine Street. Our speaker will be long-time EP resident, Steven Hain, discussing his friend, Bart Lynch, who resided in the house on the southeast corner of State and Lemon Streets. The older photo here was taken in 1894, at Millersville State Normal School, and Bart is the young fellow on the right in the first row. Mr. Lynch was at one time, president of the Lancaster Board of Realtors, and the later photo depicts him in his office. Steve has lots of interesting stories to share, so please join us! Our meetings are informal, open to the public, and free of charge!!! Thanks for your support!!!

We're having a "pop-up leaf-raking party" at the Wolf House this afternoon around 1pm!!! If you're not busy, and want to...
03/26/2019

We're having a "pop-up leaf-raking party" at the Wolf House this afternoon around 1pm!!! If you're not busy, and want to join the fun, grab a rake and stop on by!!!

Here are a few photos sent to me by Steven Hain, our guest speaker for the April 1st program. Steven will be discussing ...
03/21/2019

Here are a few photos sent to me by Steven Hain, our guest speaker for the April 1st program. Steven will be discussing his good friend, Mr. Bart Lynch, who lived in the home pictured here, on the corner of State and Lemon Streets. Bart attended Millersville State Norman School, graduating in 1895, and was at one time the oldest alumnus of the school, pictured as it was at the time. He was also president of the Lancaster Board of Realtors, and he and his wife were good friends with Haydn Zug and his wife. Join us Monday, April 1st, at 7pm in the Community Building, for this interesting program. Thanks for your support!!!

The East Petersburg Historical Society will be holding our next meeting on Monday, April 1st, at 7pm at the Community Bu...
03/20/2019
Preserving the History of East Pete - East Petersburg Historical Society

The East Petersburg Historical Society will be holding our next meeting on Monday, April 1st, at 7pm at the Community Building, 6051 Pine Street. Our guest speaker will be long-time EP resident, Steven Hain, discussing his time as a youth, spent with "The Irishman In Town", Mr. Bart Lynch, who resided in the home located on the southeast corner of State and Lemon Streets. Mr. Lynch was the son of Irish immigrants, whose family emigrated to the U.S. during the Irish potato famine. Bart was born in 1876, and attended Millersville State Normal School, where he met his future wife, and in 1965 he was honored as the oldest living alumnus of the school. Mr. Lynch was former president of the Lancaster Board of Realtors, during which time he lived in the Lemon Street home to care for his mother-in-law. Steve has lots of old photos to share with us, so we hope you can join us!!! Visit or page, website, or call Lynn at 717-664-3808 for more info!

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03/19/2019

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I was rummaging around the archives last week, and found two scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about Hurricane Agnes, ...
03/19/2019

I was rummaging around the archives last week, and found two scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about Hurricane Agnes, which inundated our area on June 22, 1972. You can check them out if you'd like, on our next open Saturday at the Wolf House...April 6th, from 9am until noon.

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03/09/2019
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03/07/2019

The EPHS would like to thank Dolly Martin for sharing her stories and information about the old Stoner farm on Leabrook Road in EP, at our meeting this past Monday. We had a lively discussion, a great turnout, and we really appreciate the community's support of our programs. Thanks to Dolly and her hubby, and to all of our guests!!

03/04/2019

Just a quick reminder that the EPHS will be holding our meeting tonight at 7pm in the Community Building on Pine Street. Dolly Martin will be discussing early settlers of the Charles farm area on Leabrook Road in EP. Our meetings are informal, and open to the public...hope to see you there!!!

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02/28/2019

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Hi everyone! I took a few photos of the Charles farm area on Leabrook Road in EP, which will be the subject of our progr...
02/27/2019

Hi everyone! I took a few photos of the Charles farm area on Leabrook Road in EP, which will be the subject of our program this Monday, March 4th. We meet at 7pm in the Community Building at 6051 Pine Street, and our guest speaker will be Dolly Martin, daughter of former EPHS president Willis Kilheffer. Dolly will be discussing early settlers on Leabrook Road, including the Michael Kauffman family around 1730, and later, Isaac Stoner in the 1850's. We hope you can join us to learn about a little piece of EP history...our programs are free, and open to the public. Also, the Daniel Wolf House will be open to visitors this Saturday, March 2nd, from 9am until noon, so stop by and check us out!! For more info, please visit our page, website at https://www.eastpetehistory.org or call Lynn at 717-664-3808. Thanks for your support!!!

02/17/2019

Hi folks! The East Petersburg Historical Society will be holding our first meeting and program of 2019 on Monday, March 4th at 7pm, in the Community Building on Pine Street. Our guest speaker will be Dolly Martin, discussing early settlers on the Curtis Charles farmland, which is located on Leabrook Road in EP. Dolly is the daughter of former EPHS president, Willis Kilheffer, and this is sure to be an informative and interesting program. Please join us...our meetings are always open to the public, and free of charge!!! Hope to see you there, and thanks for your continued support!!!!

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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!

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Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

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(717) 664-3808

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