Pennsylvania is a state filled to the brim with historical significance. Of course, we have Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and the battlefield at Gettysburg, but residents of Lancaster County have plenty of history sitting in their own backyards. Here are 7 locations where you can get a sense of the area’s rich history.
James Buchanan House (Wheatland)
In 1848, James Buchanan (who later became the 15th president of the United States) bought a large Federal-style house on twenty-two acres of land in Lancaster County, PA. The property has since been designated a National Historic Landmark, and it is available for tours. Throughout the home, you’ll see that it’s furnished with period pieces, many of which once belonged to Buchanan.
Located in Beautiful Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the Historic Ephrata Cloister has a unique history. In the 1700s, this settlement was home to people who devoted their lives to preparing for their existence in heaven. Over the years, incredible music, architecture, art, and publications were created here.
In 1765, Robert Fulton was born on a farm in Little Britain Township, which is 20 miles south of Lancaster. Fulton gained a reputation as an expert miniature painter, but he ultimately became famous for the development of his steamboat. The Historical Society is now fully responsible for the upkeep of the property, which continues to educate guests about its historical significance.
The Stiegel-Coleman House is a Historic Landmark (also known as Elizabeth Farms), located just north of Brickerville. On 85 acres, lies a building that was designed partly by William Stiegel and partly by Robert Coleman, co-owners of an iron furnace that manufactured war material during the Revolution.
The Moravian Church is a centerpiece for the Historic District of Lititz, and the museum features paintings, instruments and other historic artifacts that display the community’s history.
The Fulton Theatre is America’s oldest continuously operating theatre. For over 150 years, this National Historic Landmark has been entertaining and educating audiences. It is also available for weddings and receptions.
For over 50 years, the Amish Country Homestead has been a destination for visitors from near and far. Guests can enjoy a guided tour through this Lancaster County Heritage Site to learn about the Amish lifestyle and history.