Celebs & Fun Facts

Celebs & Fun Facts

Our favorite Lancaster Celebrities

  • James Buchanan (1791-1868)
    15th President of the United States
  • Charles Demuth (1883-1935)
    Painter
  • Robert Fulton (1765-1815)
    Engineer, inventor, creator of the steamboat
  • Edward Hand (1744-1802)
    Physician, farmer, congressman, General in the Continental Army during American Revolutionary War
  • John F. Reynolds (1820-1863)
    U.S. Army Major General during the Civil War
  • Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868)
    U.S. Representative, Republican
  • Simon Cameron (1799–1889)
    Secretary of War
  • Milton S. Hershey (1857-1945)
    Founder of The Hershey Company
  • Molly Picon (1898-1992)
    Actress, died in Lancaster
  • Tristan Egolf (1971-2005)
    Novelist, author, activist
  • Richard Winters (1918-2011)
    U.S. Army paratrooper portrayed in Stephen Ambrose's book and miniseries Band of Brothers
  • Andy Baldwin
    U.S. Navy Lieutenant and physician, Star of The Bachelor Season 10
  • Diane Cluck
    Singer-songwriter
  • Michael Deibert
    Journalist, author
  • Jim Furyk
    Professional golfer
  • Gene Garber and John Parrish
    MLB relief pitchers
  • Jennifer Gareis
    Actress, 1994 Miss New York
  • Jonathan Groff
    Actor, singer, originated role of “Melchior” in Broadway musical, Spring Awakening, starred in the Disney movie, Frozen
  • Tom Herr
    MLB second baseman
  • Taylor Kinney
    Actor, model
  • Dan Kreider
    NFL fullback
  • Anna Balmer Myers
    Author of early 20th-century novels
  • Brad Rutter
    Jeopardy! champion
  • Bruce Sutter
    Hall of Fame pitcher
  • Julian Valentin, Zarek Valentin and Andrew Wenger
    Professional soccer players

OUR FAVORITE LANCASTER FUN FACTS

Largest Christian Theatre

Sight & Sound Theater (Strasburg) is the largest Christian theatre in the U.S. They bring the Bible to life with spectacular sets, a 300-foot wrap-around stage, live animals and outstanding performances.

Indian Massacre

The Fulton Theatre (Downtown Lancaster) has professional, Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, and dramas and is a National Historic Landmark Theatre. Plus, it was the site of the first Lancaster Jail where the last of the Conestoga Indians were massacred by the Paxtang Boys. An original door and one wall from the jail still remain and have been incorporated into the theatre. You can see the official plaque commemorating the massacre on the rear of the building (Water Street).

Famous Artist

Charles Demuth’s piece, “I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold” painted in1928 is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. To see more works of Charles Demuth, go to Isaac’s Downtown & The Pickle Bar - it’s decorated with his work. Or check out the Demuth Museum (Downtown Lancaster).

First Pretzel Bakery

Pretzels are still made at the Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz, where America’s first pretzel bakery was established in 1861.

Oldest Farmers Market

Dating to 1731, the Lancaster Central Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market.

Ballooning

Wise, a Lancaster resident, was a pioneer in the field of ballooning. He made over 400,000 flights during his lifetime and was responsible for several innovation balloon designs.

First Lady

Lane, Pres. James Buchanan's niece, was one of only a handful of women to served as the First Lady while not being married to the president.

Hershey Candy

Milton Hershey opened his first company in Lancaster in 1866 - the Lancaster Caramel Company.

Olympian

Harold Norwood Ewell a veteran of WWII and a professional sprinter, won one gold medal and two silver medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England.

“Who Do You Think You Are?”

Actress Zooey Deschanel was featured in an episode of TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” which was partially filmed at the Christiana Underground Railroad Center in Lancaster County. Zooey discovered that she was directly descended from a Quaker who was active in the Underground Railroad, and played a central role in one of the most dramatic events of the pre-Civil-War era, the Christiana Riot of 1851.

Capital for a Day

Lancaster, America’s oldest inland city, was the nation’s capital when the Continental Congress met downtown for one day in 1777.

Conestoga Wagon

The Conestoga wagons that carried pioneers westward were named after heavy, broad-wheeled wagons first manufactured in Conestoga.

Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Heading toward Harrisburg in June 1863, Confederate forces were slowed when the Pennsylvania Militia burned the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.

54th Massachusetts

Ever see the movie Glory with Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, and a slew of other famous actors? The movie follows the 54th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. This regiment was composed of black soldiers serving under white officers. The unit gained fame in an assault on Fort Wagner in South Carolina. There were several LOCAL citizens who bravely enlisted in the 54th Massachusetts. Some of these veterans are buried in a cemetery located in Columbia just off North Fifth Street.

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Ellicot, a Lancaster resident, served as a mentor, teacher, and outfitter for Meriweather Lewis in preparation for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Lincoln's Secretary of War

Simon Cameron, a local politician, served as United States Secretary of War for Abraham Lincoln at the start of the American Civil War.