History in Lancaster

It’s quite evident that Downtown Lancaster’s charm is rooted in rich history. Established in 1730, it began as a trading post in the wilderness. Today, museums & historical attractions showcase stories that shape Lancaster’s past.

Morning

You selection for breakfast is limitless at Lancaster Central Market, a farmers' market since the 1730's. Shop, eat, then shop some more. If you want a place to sit down, The Prince Street Café is just around the corner from the market.

Afterward, head just outside the city to President James Buchanan's Wheatland, a historic house museum of the 15th President of the United States. James Buchanan was the only bachelor president and the only one from Pennsylvania.

Next door to Wheatland is LancasterHistory.org, Lancaster County's Historical Society. Their recently expanded facility offers an extensive research library and archives specializing in Lancaster County History and genealogy. You must browse their galleries that showcase historical and unique objects.

Afternoon

Grab a bite to eat at Aussie and The Fox or Isaac's Downtown & The Pickle Bar which serves awesome grilled sandwiches, hearty soups, fresh green salads, and desserts.

After lunch, drive to the Rock Ford Plantation located in Lancaster County Central Park. This estate is the historic 18th century home of General Edward Hand, adjutant general to George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and remains an authentic example of refined country living.

Evening

Dinner at the Stockyard Inn cannot be missed. Located next to what was once Lancaster's Union Stock Yards, at one time the largest stockyard east of Chicago, the Stockyard Inn is a Lancaster County tradition of dining excellence. Built in 1750, the original inn was once owned by President James Buchanan.

For the night, drive through the city to The King’s Cottage, a 1913 Mission-style mansion also listed on the National Register.

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230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-4633

The historic house museum of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan, the only bachelor president and only one from Pennsylvania.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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25 North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 394-5544

Awesome grilled sandwiches, hearty soups, fresh green salads, desserts and Kid's Menu. Enjoy seasonal patio dining, located in the heart of Downtown Lancaster.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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1147 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 394-7975

Lancaster's famous Stockyard Inn. Truly a local tradition for fine food.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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881 Rockford Road, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 392-7223

The historic 18th century home of General Edward Hand remains an authentic example of refined country living.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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1049 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

(717) 397-1017

Elegant but warm B&B close to both historic downtown Lancaster and Amish farmlands. Designated one of the top 10 "most romantic inns.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 735-6890

Welcome to a real historic treat, Lancaster Central Market. A farmers' market since the 1730's.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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38 West King Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 826-4040

Relaxed café comfort by day – intimate, trendy dining by night.

Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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