History of Lancaster County

History of the Lancaster County Historical Society

Events occurring in the last half of the nineteenth century precipitated the founding of many historical, patriotic, and commemorative societies. The centennial of our Republic (1876) awakened interest in our heritage and the event alone spawned numerous historical and patriotic associations.

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Earliest Churches of Lancaster

From: "Churches and Cemeteries of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: a Complete Guide" by A. Hunter Rineer, Jr. ©1993, Lancaster County Historical Society

Dates listed in parenthesis are ones for which we have records.

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Origin of Lancaster County Township and Borough Names

Look here to discover where Lancaster's townships and boroughs got their names.

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Map of Lancaster County Townships and Boroughs



Genealogy of Lancaster County Townships Showing Origins and Dates of Their Establishment

Original townshps of 1729 are underscored



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Our Blogs

The History Bucket


Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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Historically Speaking


The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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Marianne's PhotoBlog


Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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Wheatland: A Love Story

Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past six years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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