Lancaster County was established in 1729 as part of the William Penn Charter. It began, and still is, a mainly agricultural area, with religious roots in the Amish, Mennonite, Moravian, and United Brethren sects. During the American Revolution, it was the capitol of the colonies for one day, September 27, 1777, when the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, which had been captured by the British. After meeting one day, they moved still farther away, to York.
Lancaster was also home to several important figures in American history. Wheatland, the estate of James Buchanan (15th President of the United States), is one of Lancaster's most popular attractions. Thaddeus Stevens, considered among the most powerful members of the United States House of Representatives, lived in Lancaster as an attorney. The Fulton Opera House (built in 1852) was named for Lancaster native, Robert Fulton, a renaissance man who created the first fully functional steamboat. All of these individuals have had local schools named after them.
Nicknamed “the Garden Spot of America” decades ago, Lancaster is still a thriving agricultural area, with a diverse mix of other growing businesses; R.R. Donnelly, Tyson Foods, Armstrong World Industries, and Auntie Anne’s are a few of them…with tourism also being at the top of the list of significant local industries.
This high influx of tourists has driven a “boom” of new businesses, new attractions, and new adventures. When you visit Lancaster, you'll experience a countryside steeped in history, art, creativity, fun and most importantly, Pennsylvania Dutch hospitality. From authentic Amish tours, to a vibrant downtown, to romantic getaways, great outdoor activities, numerous shopping venues, spectacular live entertainment, and more top-rated restaurants than you could ever visit in a lifetime….Lancaster really does have something for everyone!
Lancaster is a place where the people are real and the passion is genuine. Our agents share the passion of the community and actively volunteer their time to many local organizations. They participate annually with the Angel Tree organization, volunteer and participate in many Sunshine Kids’ fundraisers, and also sponsor the Schreiber Pediatric Rubber Duckie race.
Stop by our Lancaster office (located on Centerville Road) or contact us today. Let one of our agents help you find your Lancaster dream home. Become part of this very traditional, yet ambitious community!