Lancaster County's Historical Society


  • Lancaster County's Historical Society
  • 230 North President Avenue
  • Lancaster, PA 17603


  • Primary - 717-392-4633

Online welcomes you to the Lancaster Campus of History—our region’s hub for history and heritage and the perfect place in Central Pennsylvania for citizens to connect with the past. American history begins on the local level, and the Lancaster region played a critical role in the formation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in the design of the founding documents that made the United States a unique experiment in freedom and democracy. Lancaster County’s stories of immigration and migration, tolerance and struggle, slavery and race relations, and the ever-changing saga of politics in a democratic society offer compelling opportunities for heritage tourism and civic education. On the Lancaster Campus of History you will learn more about Lancaster—America’s oldest inland city, founded in 1729—and the unfolding of nearly 300 hundred years of drama. From stories of the Conestoga Indians and the Underground Railroad to the political legacy of Thaddeus Stevens and James Buchanan to the stories of your own family, Lancaster’s history has something to offer every visitor to the Campus of History! includes President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, the Heritage Center Collections - including the Esprit Collection of Amish Quilts - and Lancaster County’s Historical Society - home to over 15,000 objects, 45,000 historic photographs, and over 1 million archival manuscripts. Take a tour, visit the galleries, research your family history, or explore the beautiful Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum and the Wheatland Gardens through a series of trails.

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