Why Do We Love Lancaster County?
Solanco, Penn Manor, Lampeter-Strasburg, Pequea Valley, We all should all love Lancaster County
We’re going to take a little break from real estate terminology this week. As the leaves fall and we transition into winter, I realize more and more why Lancaster County is so great. In fact, after doing more research for this blog I am absolutely convinced about why we all love Lancaster County.
Let me start with Lancaster County in general. If you were raised in Lancaster, you probably know that on September 27, 1777 Lancaster was the nation’s capital. Granted it was for one day, but how many cities can say that? To further Lancaster’s ties to the beginning of the United States history, George Ross lived here. He didn’t just live here though, he also signed the Declaration of Independence and his niece Betsy Ross created our nation’s flag.
As if that isn’t enough, Lancaster County also lays claim to a few firsts in the history of nation. Lancaster’s Union Fire Company was formed in 1742, making it the first established. Lancaster also claims to be the earliest and last surviving market town as it’s built around Central Market. The Fulton Opera House, a staple in the Lancaster community, is actually the oldest ‘living’ theatre in the United States, not to mention one of the best ghost tours around.
Lititz specifically was labeled the “Coolest Small Town in America” in 2013. In the Solanco area, the home of Robert Fulton, the steamboat pioneer, is a historical site. Christiana offers a museum on the Underground Railroad and the large part Christiana and Lancaster County played in the escape from slavery.
As amazing as all these things are, Lancaster County is best known for it’s Amish community. To those that live in Solanco, Lampeter-Strasburg and Penn Manor school districts its commonplace to see them, but very little other places in the country. They bring a great deal of beauty to Lancaster and have helped maintain the farmlands and rolling hills that Lancaster County is so well known for.
In Lancaster County we have covered bridges, mud sales, famers markets, craft shows, smorgasbords and so much more. It is so easy to take for granted the amazing communities and towns that we are surrounded by. If you’re thinking of visiting, make sure to visit the southern towns of the county like Strasburg, Willow Street and Quarryville where the roads are curvy and the sights are one in a million.
Please share your favorite things about Lancaster County or wherever home is to you!
Be thankful and enjoy the upcoming holiday season!
Devan Brooks – Devan.Brooks@yahoo.com
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