Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County The mission of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County is to educate and advocate for the preservation of historic sites and properties whose integrity of design, settings, materials, and workmanship contribute to the character of our region.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Lancaster County's rich historic and architectural character through education, advocacy and direct action.

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The 300th Anniversary Gala at White Chimneys on July 3 was a huge success and a lot of fun! The Trust hosted a table at ...
07/14/2021

The 300th Anniversary Gala at White Chimneys on July 3 was a huge success and a lot of fun! The Trust hosted a table at the event and we would like to thank our Board members, Jennifer Striggle Young, Jordan Zimmerman, and Dan Gagliano, for volunteering at the event, along with our preservation consultant, Danielle Keperling from Practical Preservation Services for helping us out. Thank you to those of you who stopped by to say hello!

07/03/2021
The Modern Era: History of Lancaster County for Newbies

Memories often cloud our understanding of history by infusing nostalgia where it doesn't belong. This video chapter takes a snapshot look at more recent events from the 20th century, while still being uniquely set in Lancaster County.

Come celebrate tomorrow--Saturday, July 3--at White Chimneys for their tricentennial event. The event is free and open t...
07/02/2021
Historic Lancaster County site celebrates 300th anniversary this year

Come celebrate tomorrow--Saturday, July 3--at White Chimneys for their tricentennial event. The event is free and open to the public. There will be food, fun, fireworks and more! Also, we will have a table in the barn so stop by to say hello! For more information visit https://whitechimneys.com/300th-anniversary/

https://www.abc27.com/news/local/lancaster/historic-lancaster-county-site-celebrates-300th-anniversary-this-year/

White Chimneys is currently a residence and event venue in Gap, Lancaster County. Before that, it was a farm, a toll house stop, and a tavern. The site represents 300 years of local history, having…

Reminder: This Saturday, July 3, is the 300th Anniversary Gala at our oldest easement, White Chimneys in Gap, PA from no...
06/28/2021

Reminder: This Saturday, July 3, is the 300th Anniversary Gala at our oldest easement, White Chimneys in Gap, PA from noon - 9 pm. The event is free and open to the public so mark your calendars. There will be food, fun, fireworks and more! Also, we will have a table in the barn so stop by to say hello!

Join us in celebration of 300 years of history at White Chimneys and our nation! Free admission for a day of community celebration! More at https://whitechimneys.com/300th-anniversary/ and our Facebook event page! See you soon! 🇺🇸

Do you know of a person or place in Lancaster County who deserves an award for preservation? We are currently accepting ...
06/11/2021

Do you know of a person or place in Lancaster County who deserves an award for preservation? We are currently accepting nominations for our C. Emlen Urban Awards. Submit yours today! Nominations are due by July 30 and the recipients will be honored in November at our Annual Meeting.
https://hptrust.org/c-emlen-urban-awards-nomination/

06/05/2021
The Plan Sects: History of Lancaster County for Newbies

In this segment of History of Lancaster County for Newbies, board member Benton Webber discusses the Plain Sects of Lancaster County.

The Anabaptists populated much of Lancaster County and affected it in many ways. Culture, ethos, landscape, and economy have all been touched.

In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled "Gone, but not Forgotten...
06/01/2021

In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled "Gone, but not Forgotten" as a reminder of some things that aren't here anymore. Red Barn in winter was the featured image for June of that year and was painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Click the link to read more. https://hptrust.org/gone-but-not-forgotten-red-barn-in-winter

In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled "Gone, but not Forgotten" as a reminder of some things that aren't here anymore. Red Barn in winter was the featured image for June of that year and was painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Click the link to read more. https://hptrust.org/gone-but-not-forgotten-red-barn-in-winter

05/29/2021
First Humans: History of Lancaster County for Newbies

White Europeans weren't the first people to live in this part of the world. Who were they were and what was their life like? In this segment of 'History of Lancaster County for Newbies,' board member Benton Webber discusses the first humans to occupy the region.

In case you missed it, check out this installment of board member Benton Webber's 'History of Lancaster County for Newbi...
05/23/2021
Our Natural Environment: History of Lancaster County for Newbies (part 1)

In case you missed it, check out this installment of board member Benton Webber's 'History of Lancaster County for Newbies.' In it, he discusses how Lancaster County's unique natural environment has impacted our lives from the very earliest days. This brief video explains the natural forces that created the treasures we all enjoy and need to protect. https://youtu.be/Z7Wm9ig91UU

In this segment of 'History of Lancaster County for Newbies,' Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County board member Benton Webber discusses how Lancas...

05/22/2021
Our Natural Environment: History of Lancaster County for Newbies

In this segment of 'History of Lancaster County for Newbies,' Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County board member Benton Webber discusses how Lancaster County's unique natural environment has impacted our lives from the very earliest days. This brief video explains the natural forces that created the treasures we all enjoy and need to protect.

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Hinkletown MillIn 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar ...
05/21/2021

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Hinkletown Mill
In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled “Gone, but not Forgotten” as a reminder of some things that aren’t here anymore. The Hinkletown Mill was the featured image for May of that year and was painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Read more at https://hptrust.org/gone-but-not-forgotten-hinkletown-mill/

Who remembers the mill?

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Hinkletown Mill
In 2008, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County created a calendar series entitled “Gone, but not Forgotten” as a reminder of some things that aren’t here anymore. The Hinkletown Mill was the featured image for May of that year and was painted by J. Richard Shoemaker. Read more at https://hptrust.org/gone-but-not-forgotten-hinkletown-mill/

Who remembers the mill?

Did you know that May is Preservation Month?This year’s theme is ‘Telling the Full American Story.’ What special place i...
05/03/2021

Did you know that May is Preservation Month?
This year’s theme is ‘Telling the Full American Story.’ What special place in your community helps #TellTheFullStory? We invite you to share a place that helps tell a little-known or underrepresented piece of the American story.

Did you know that May is Preservation Month?
This year’s theme is ‘Telling the Full American Story.’ What special place in your community helps #TellTheFullStory? We invite you to share a place that helps tell a little-known or underrepresented piece of the American story.

Congratulations to the Sporrer family on finding the 2nd place prize in the Secret Trust Adventure!
05/01/2021

Congratulations to the Sporrer family on finding the 2nd place prize in the Secret Trust Adventure!

Congratulations to the Sporrer family on completing the Secret Trust Adventure and claiming the second place prize of $200. The cache is still out there filled with 3D printed commemorative medallions for those wishing to still finish the adventure. Big thank you to everyone who participated—over 125 people joined the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County in the process.

Here’s a great presentation by a great presenter.
04/29/2021

Here’s a great presentation by a great presenter.

Our next & final Spring 2021 Virtual Lecture is Tues, May 11 at 7pm EDT on Zoom. Join local architect Gregory Scott to learn about one of Lancaster's forgotten architects, James Warner, his life, and the buildings he left behind. Register for free at https://bit.ly/rhc21may11.

For more than 45 years, the prolific C. Emlen Urban created many of the historic landmarks that are fundamental to the b...
03/27/2021

For more than 45 years, the prolific C. Emlen Urban created many of the historic landmarks that are fundamental to the beloved character of Lancaster City.

His 1911-1912 Kirk Johnson Building on West King Street was home to “everything pertaining to music.” Items for sale ranged from pianos to dance lessons. During the 1920s, the building was even home to radio station 1160 WKJC. Click the link to learn more. https://hptrust.org/c-emlen-urban-kirk-johnson-building-on-west-king-street/

For more than 45 years, the prolific C. Emlen Urban created many of the historic landmarks that are fundamental to the beloved character of Lancaster City.

His 1911-1912 Kirk Johnson Building on West King Street was home to “everything pertaining to music.” Items for sale ranged from pianos to dance lessons. During the 1920s, the building was even home to radio station 1160 WKJC. Click the link to learn more. https://hptrust.org/c-emlen-urban-kirk-johnson-building-on-west-king-street/

It was a whirlwind of a weekend! Scores of people joined the crusade to find the treasure at the end of the Secret Trust...
03/21/2021

It was a whirlwind of a weekend! Scores of people joined the crusade to find the treasure at the end of the Secret Trust Adventure. The Longnecker family using a single segment of the GPS coordinates and their superior local history skills to decipher the poem located the cache this evening. Congratulations!

The box has been returned to its hiding place and filled with commemorative 3D printed medallions for those wanting to continue to hunt.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend! Scores of people joined the crusade to find the treasure at the end of the Secret Trust Adventure. The Longnecker family using a single segment of the GPS coordinates and their superior local history skills to decipher the poem located the cache this evening. Congratulations!

The box has been returned to its hiding place and filled with commemorative 3D printed medallions for those wanting to continue to hunt.

It's week 1 of the Secret Trust Adventure. Your quest to find the treasure begins at the Columbia Crossing River Trails ...
03/20/2021

It's week 1 of the Secret Trust Adventure. Your quest to find the treasure begins at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center! Up for grabs is a cache worth over $1,000 in dollar coins and a painting by Scott Cantrell for a grand total of $3,000 in loot. Click the link to begin your quest. https://wp.me/pazrDx-3Ql

It's week 1 of the Secret Trust Adventure. Your quest to find the treasure begins at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center! Up for grabs is a cache worth over $1,000 in dollar coins and a painting by Scott Cantrell for a grand total of $3,000 in loot. Click the link to begin your quest. https://wp.me/pazrDx-3Ql

Join the ranks of Benjamin Gates, Indiana Jones, and Nathan Drake as legendary treasure hunters as you uncover local his...
03/16/2021
Lancaster County treasure hunt allows players to uncover history and win money

Join the ranks of Benjamin Gates, Indiana Jones, and Nathan Drake as legendary treasure hunters as you uncover local history in your quest to find a cache worth over $3,000.

Big thank you to WPMT FOX43 for coming out yesterday for the interview! The adventure begins Saturday, March 20. Playing is as simple as becoming a member of the Trust at https://hptrust.org/join/

The latest game leads players to an 18-pound loot box worth over $1,000, and a painting from a local artist.

Exciting news! We are partnering with Uncharted Lancaster on a treasure hunt through Lancaster County that can result in...
03/15/2021
Knowing Lancaster County's rich history could earn you more than $3,000; here's how

Exciting news! We are partnering with Uncharted Lancaster on a treasure hunt through Lancaster County that can result in $3,000 in prizes! Join the Trust today to be a part of this exciting adventure: HPTrust.org/join.
Check out the article that LNP + LancasterOnline wrote featuring our board member, Adam Zurn that provides all of the details.

The game involves code-breaking, puzzle solving and local history.

Going down! View looking down through the third story stairwell at the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House.Built by Gottlieb ...
03/13/2021

Going down! View looking down through the third story stairwell at the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House.

Built by Gottlieb Sehner in 1787, this 2.5 story Georgian townhouse sheltered America's best and brightest mathematician and surveyor, Andrew Ellicott in the early 1800s.

It was Ellicott who trained Meriwether Lewis before he made his epic cross country journey to survey the $15 million, 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase.

The residence possesses excellent examples of Georgian architectural features including keystones over the windows, triangular pediment over the door, a belt line, and a water table designed to deflect water away from the foundation.

Click the link to read more about the building we call home. https://unchartedlancaster.com/2020/06/29/sehner-ellicott-von-hess-house-home-to-the-surveyor-who-helped-define-america/

Going down! View looking down through the third story stairwell at the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House.

Built by Gottlieb Sehner in 1787, this 2.5 story Georgian townhouse sheltered America's best and brightest mathematician and surveyor, Andrew Ellicott in the early 1800s.

It was Ellicott who trained Meriwether Lewis before he made his epic cross country journey to survey the $15 million, 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase.

The residence possesses excellent examples of Georgian architectural features including keystones over the windows, triangular pediment over the door, a belt line, and a water table designed to deflect water away from the foundation.

Click the link to read more about the building we call home. https://unchartedlancaster.com/2020/06/29/sehner-ellicott-von-hess-house-home-to-the-surveyor-who-helped-define-america/

We're excited to partner with Uncharted Lancaster on their latest adventure that takes participants to a series of histo...
03/03/2021

We're excited to partner with Uncharted Lancaster on their latest adventure that takes participants to a series of historic and architecturally significant Lancaster County locations. This is unlike any previous Uncharted Lancaster adventure because it ends with a cache of real treasure!

The winner walks away an 18-pound loot crate filled with over $1000 in one-dollar coins and a painting by Scott Cantrell To participate, simply become a member of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County to get your decoder paper! Click the link for more information: https://unchartedlancaster.com/2021/03/02/sign-up-for-the-secret-trust-adventure-today/

We're excited to partner with Uncharted Lancaster on their latest adventure that takes participants to a series of historic and architecturally significant Lancaster County locations. This is unlike any previous Uncharted Lancaster adventure because it ends with a cache of real treasure!

The winner walks away an 18-pound loot crate filled with over $1000 in one-dollar coins and a painting by Scott Cantrell To participate, simply become a member of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County to get your decoder paper! Click the link for more information: https://unchartedlancaster.com/2021/03/02/sign-up-for-the-secret-trust-adventure-today/

Address

123 N Prince St
Lancaster, PA
17603-3525

General information

Our headquarters are located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House built in 1787. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was once the home of famed surveyor Andrew Ellicott. In 1978, the Louise Steinman von Hess Foundation purchased the building and began a three year restoration process. No expense was spared. The building was later donated to the Preservation Trust.

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(717) 291-5861

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