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August
25

Harrisburg PA City ScapeHarrisburg, Pennsylvania is a city with a rich history. Sometimes development and advancement can put that history at risk, but one organization has dedicated itself to ensuring that the area's history is preserved, even as the city grows and matures. The Historic Harrisburg Association is a local nonprofit organization that has worked to revitalize and preserve some of the most historic places in Harrisburg. The result is a city that embraces its historic heritage with pride, even while developing for the future and embracing a strong local economy.

 

Education and Preservation Activities

The Historic Harrisburg Association is not an organization that just sits back and hopes the community will protect its historic heritage. It is an active participant in the local economy. Their work starts with educational programs that teach the local population about the importance of the area's history. These seminars, forums and workshops are open to the community, and help promote responsible economic development.

 

Each year these efforts are brought to light during the National Historic Preservation Week. During this week, Historic Harrisburg awards those who have worked hard to promote historic preservation throughout the community in the past year.


Lighten Up Harrisburg is another project overseen by the Historic Harrisburg Association. Through the help of sponsors, the organization has worked to bring new lighting to communities throughout the region by replacing burned out light bulbs and repairing damaged light posts.


The Community Historic Preservation Funds, which are funds collected by the Association, are used to preserve historic buildings throughout town. The funds are used to assist the community and economic development projects that respect the goals of the Association.


In each of these activities, whether providing funds to projects or getting involved in bringing light to historic communities, the Historic Harrisburg Association shows its support of the city's rich cultural and historic heritage.

 

Showcasing Area History for Harrisburg Tourists

Because of the organization's love for the history of Harrisburg Pennsylvania, they work with the city to provide tours that highlight this history to residents and tourists alike. This includes guided walking and home tours as well as self-guided walking tours of the city's most historic neighborhoods.


One of the most popular tours is the Candlelight House Tour. This is the largest self-guided home tour in Harrisburg and promotes the city's beautiful housing stock. Guests learn about the history and architecture of the building as they tour some of its most important neighborhoods.

 

Living in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

If you are looking to enjoy a home in one of these historic districts, or simply want to live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, you need the right team of real estate agents. That team is from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty. Contact us today to learn more about finding a homes for sale in Harrisburg, PA.

August
25

Laurel MD Montpelier MansionJust south of Laurel, MD in Prince George's County sits the magnificent Montpelier Mansion. This five-part mansion dates back to the 1700s and has five distinct parts. Once the home of Major Thomas Snowden and family, today the home is a National Historic Landmark. One of the benefits of buying a home in Laurel, MD is the chance you have to explore this historic home, and maybe even rent it for your own special occasion.

 

About Montpelier Mansion


The Montpelier Mansion is an excellent example of Georgian architecture from the 1700s. The house itself sits on a 70-acre homestead that is beautifully maintained and rivals the greatest park in the area. Both inside and out, you will find exceptional detail and historic architecture that makes it a joy to tour the facility. The mansion even has a secret doorway in the drawing room hidden in the paneling.


Throughout its history, the Montpelier Mansion has hosted some of history's greatest people. Of distinction are George Washington and Abigail Adams, and more modern famous guests include Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today it stands as a museum and is available for tours.

 

Tours of the Montpelier Mansion

Tours of Montpelier Mansion are available to the public during set visitor hours, which are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 to 5. Select Sundays are also available. You can enjoy a self-guided tour of the building and grounds during your visit, and then explore the gardens on your own.


Kids are welcome at the museum, and they can enjoy dressing up and playing old-fashioned games in the kids area, which is entirely hands-on. The museum also has a Dinosaur Room which is filled with fossils ready to be explored, as well as hands-on dinosaur activities. Many visitors and residents of Laurel MD are surprised at how kid-friendly the museum is.

 

Renting the Facility

In addition to touring the facility, the Montpelier Mansion invites residents of Laurel, MD and the surrounding areas to rent portions of the property for their special events. Enjoy your special event under cathedral ceilings lined with crown molding and lit by gorgeous, historically accurate chandeliers.



Living in Laurel, MD


The Montpelier Mansion is just one example of the many interesting things to see and do in and around Laurel, MD. If the community appeals to you, then you may wish to think about relocating to the area. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty is ready to help you find homes for sale in Laurel, MD.

August
22

Chambersburg PA Community TheatreWorld-class entertainment doesn't always come from international superstars and Hollywood powerhouses. Sometimes, the performances of a lifetime are given by your friends and neighbors or perhaps yourself.

The Chambersburg Community Theatre was founded over 60 years ago with the goal of  giving Chambersburg residents the opportunity to perform on stage or to come out and support their neighbors and enjoy a great performance.

About the Chambersburg Community Theatre

The mission of Chambersburg's community theatre is to entertain the community and to educate and encourage participation in local, live theatre. The first performance, "The Male Animal," was given by a small group in 1954. Since then, the group has gone on to perform thoughtful dramas like "Diary of Anne Frank," lively musicals like "The Sound of Music," and comedies like "A Christmas Story" along with two original productions from local playwrights.


Officially incorporated in 1960, the group was granted non-profit status in 1974. They have called just about every stage in Chambersburg, PA home at one time including Central Junior High, Faust Junior High, Wilson College, and the now-demolished Rosedale Theatre that once stood at 41 North Main Street. Today, they are the resident company at the Capitol Theatre, the location of their very first production.

Community Theatre at the Capitol

The historic Capitol Theatre, located at 159 South Main Street, has been entertaining the Chambersburg community since 1927. The grand style and luxurious details of the theatre are the perfect backdrop for the touring live productions, films, and performances by the two resident companies: the Chambersburg Community Theatre and the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre. For tickets to any of the performances at the Capitol Theatre, call the Box Office at (717) 263-0202 or purchase tickets online.

Upcoming Community Theatre Productions

The next production will be Agatha Christie's "Black Coffee," a whodunit mystery directed by Tom Amick. Performance dates are September 19-21 and 26-28. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. To purchase advance tickets, visit the online ticket center.


November's performance will be based on the motion picture "Meet Me in St. Louis," and directed by Vicki Gontz. Enjoy classic songs such as Meet Me in St. Louis, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and The Trolley Song. Performances will be November 15-16 and 20-23 with evening and matinee times available.

Joining the Community Theatre

The first way to become a part of the Chambersburg Community Theatre is by auditioning for an upcoming production.  Many parts require no special training or experience so everyone is welcome. Auditions are held six to eight weeks before opening night with the next one for "Meet Me in St. Louis" on August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

The second way to join is to become a part of the off-stage production crew. Set designers, painters, costume artists, lighting and sound techs, and make-up artists are needed for every show. Other positions include ushers, musicians, marketers, fundraisers, and financial assistants.

Living in Chambersburg, PA

Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to learn more about finding homes for sale in Chambersburg, PA.

August
22

Bel Air Arts and Entertainment DistrictThe Bel Air Arts & Entertainment District is comprised of 99 acres of land encompassing most of the downtown Bel Air, MD business district.


Widely known as a community where residents, businesses, and government agencies partner to support a vibrant artists' association, Bel Air has earned the designation as one of Maryland's 20 Arts & Entertainment Districts.  Residents and visitors enjoy concerts, theatric performances, and annual events like the Bel Air Festival for the Arts, Bel Air Film Festival, Christmas parades, and its annual Fourth of July celebration.

About the Bel Air Arts & Entertainment District

Bel Air businesses support the local arts community almost daily. Bel Air's Finance Office displays original paintings for sale from local artists.  The Harford Council Chamber Gallery, located at 212 South Bond Street, features paintings for sale from local artists. Other destinations include:

  • Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Road, Bel Air MD
    The main house of the manor sits on 51 acres of public park land, and has been transformed into a beautiful banquet facility that is perfect for hosting weddings, showers, and other private parties. Rockfield Manor's next event is the Harford County Wine Festival on Saturday, September 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Enjoy tastings, wine discounts, live music plus arts and crafts from local artisans.
     
  • Bel Air Armory, 37 North Main Street, Bel Air MD
    The Bel Air Armory, built in 1915 and renovated in 198, was acquired by the city in 2004 made available to the community for both personal and town-sponsored events.  The Third Annual Authors and Artists Holiday Gift Sale will be held on December 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event features holiday tunes, dancing, carolers, local food, and gift wrapping services.

Events in the Arts & Entertainment District

Along with cultural destinations, the town of Bel Air has plenty to keep the entire family busy all year long. 

  • Lunchtime Concert Series, Office Street near the Courthouse
    Every Friday beginning on September 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., enjoy live music and local food outside. Chairs and tables are provided so you can relax and enjoy your lunch.
     
  • First Fridays, Office Street near the Courthouse
    Enjoy live music from local artists, drinks, food from local vendors, face painting, and more. Come out and celebrate every First Friday of the month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Bel Air Festival for the Arts, Shamrock Park, 39 North Hickory Avenue
    Join more than 350 artists, craftsmen, and photographers along with live entertainment and great food. This year's festival will be held on Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will mark the festival's 49th year. Admission is free for everyone.

 

Supporting the Arts

Supporting local artists so they can earn a living while pursuing their dreams is important to the Bel Air community. Bel Air provides tax breaks and credits to businesses that support artists and on income that artists make from their work. The city also keeps a running list of artists seeking help to transition from an emerging district to a regional Arts & Entertainment destination. 

The John Carroll High School, located at 703 Churchville Road in Bel Air, has recently expanded their Academy of Performing Arts and Dance to help the area's students develop their talents. The Bel Air High School, located at 100 Heighe Street, also has a new auditorium to host community performances. 

 

Living in Bel Air, MD

The town of Bel Air is a close community of business owners, educators, and residents committed to making it a great place to live and work. Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Bel Air, MD.

August
15

Do you love history? Then Federal Hill Baltimore is the place for you to live. Everywhere you look in this city you will find an opportunity to enjoy the history of the community, and the nation. The Cross Street Market is just one place where you can get a "taste" of this history.

 

History of the Cross Street Market

The Cross Street Market doesn't look like much from the outside, but it has been offering shopping opportunities to residents of Federal Hill Baltimore since 1846, when the city's growth created the demand for a market building.


The original market was a large public hall and community gathering place. On market days, farmers would set up stalls and tents on nearby Cross Street, and soon so much traffic was coming to the farmer's market that the police had to set up towers to direct traffic.


In the 1950s, the structure and Cross Street experienced a large, devastating fire. The current Cross Street Market building was built in 1952. today, it still stands as an important shopping area for local farmers and merchants in the Federal Hill district.

 

Shopping at the Market Today

Cross Street Market Federal HillCross Street Market offers everything from fine cheeses to tobacco products sold in stands set up by local merchants. Federal Hill Baltimore residents come to the Market to get produce, international food items, and fresh meat and seafood. The fresh food bar is particularly popular with foodies, and you can also pick up cigars, wine and fresh flowers here. If you're entertaining out-of-town guests, stop by for some souvenirs.

 

The Market After Dark

Once the sun sets, the lights in the market stay on. Some have described it as one big bar, where you can dine on exceptional food and get fresh drinks in just about any style. Locals mingle with tourists who want to experience this unique, historic nightlife scene. If you don't want to stay up late, hit the Market for Happy Hour to experience a bit of the nightlife scene.

 

The Market - A Place to Meet

The Market is more than just a shopping district. This is the place where people meet up for dinner, lunch and everything else. Grabbing coffee with friends or arranging a business lunch at the Cross Street Market is quite common. The diversity of the food offerings is hard to beat.

 

Getting to the Market

Cross Street Market VegetablesCross Street Market sits between the two major streets of Federal Hill Baltimore, South Charles Street and Light Street. People who live in the neighborhood can easily walk to the market when they want to enjoy its offerings. Parking may be hard to come by, so plan to park a ways away and walk if you will be driving to the market.


The Cross Street Market is just one example of historic architecture in and around Federal Hill Baltimore. If you want to get in on the action, you'll want a home of your own in this thriving district. Contact Homesale Realty's Federal Hill office to start your home search.

August
15

York, PA, well-known for its local artistic scene, hosts "Second Saturday on the Square" as a celebration of the arts each second Saturday of the month (May through October).  York's artistic community partnering with the local organization, Downtown Inc., showcases local musicians, artists, and performers.  York residents and visitors are invited to gather at Continental Square for this free, community-wide event.

Second Saturday on the Square

York PA Second Saturday MusicThe York, PA art district is lively and energetic and something the community supports and celebrates. The next Second Saturday will be held on September 13 form 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Performances include music by the American Hollar Old Time Trio, music and entertainment from the Lone Wolf Project, and the beatboxing sounds of JZizz.  Face painters for the kids and caricature artists will be on-site for the entire family to enjoy.


About Continental Square in York

Continental Square, located at the intersection of Market Street and George Street, is the chosen location for the Second Saturday celebrations.  The site location was not just one of convenience. The members of Downtown Inc. thought that the Square was not being used as the community gathering place that it once was.

While the Olde York Street Fair has been held in Continental Square for decades, it needed more activity and interaction, and the Second Saturday celebrations were just the ticket. Downtown Inc. hopes that the community will see the Square in a new light and stop to enjoy what it has to offer rather than passing through it.

Reclaim Continental Square, an initiative driven by the York County Community Foundation, is also working hard to revamp the appearance of Continental Square and plans that are being considered include lighting historic buildings, movable seating areas and interactive water features to unify the space and create an inviting gathering place.

About Downtown Inc.

Downtown Inc., located at 16 North George Street, is a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District and Main Street York, a nonprofit organization. More than 125 volunteers work under the guidance of 11 board members and 4 full-time employees to foster reinvestment into downtown York. Their mission is to preserve the 300-year-old history of the town while keeping York PA modern, urban, and business friendly.

The annual action plan developed by Downtown Inc. addresses economic issues such as business recruitment and parking improvement, the appearance of the town including parks and holiday decor, marketing initiatives to promote local businesses, and public safety concerns. They also hold a number of events such as York City Boutique Week and the Walking Tour programs.

Living in York PA

The leadership of Downtown Inc. combined with a community of dedicated volunteers gives York, PA the distinct energy and vitality that makes it such a great place to call home. Contact Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in York, PA.

August
8

Baltimore's Restaurant Week: Tastiest Event of the Summer

Baltimore Restaurant WeekWhether you're new to the foodie scene or just like experiencing new restaurants and new dishes, take advantage of the 2014 Baltimore Restaurant Week to get out to see what's cooking in our local area. This year's excitement runs from August 1 through August 10, and the lineup includes 64 restaurants all featuring bargain prices so you can try more dishes at more places.


A Boon for Baltimore Business

The summer months, especially August, are traditionally a slow time for restaurants and eateries throughout Baltimore. Everyone is either off on vacation or rushing around preparing for back-to-school and aren't spending as much time dining out. Restaurant Week was started to give local restaurants a boost during this slow time, and the results have been outstanding. Some restaurants report that their business doubles during the ten-day celebration, and many new restaurants are able to showcase their specialties to establish a long-term customer base.


The timing of Restaurant Week is not set in stone each year as organizers try to ensure that restaurants and patrons are able to get the most out of the event. A spokesman for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, one of the event's organizers, told the Baltimore Business Journal that they try to schedule Restaurant Week around other events so there's no conflict. That way, local restaurants are able to make better profits when events like Artscape are already filling tables, and locals are able to enjoy their favorite restaurants without the added traffic. 


Baltimore Restaurant WeekA Boon for Your Belly

While Restaurant Week is great for business, it's also great for the residents and visitors of Baltimore. Each of the participating restaurants will offer a fixed-price menu. The most common offering is a two-course lunch for $15 and a three-course dinner for $30 although some restaurants have additional offers as well.

Anastasia, located at 1636 Thames Street, will be offering a $20 three-course dinner menu with delicious offerings such as margherita pizza, fried calamari, spaghetti with meatballs, and Italian ice. Alexander's Tavern, located at 710 South Broadway, will offer a Brunch option on Saturday and Sunday that includes sweet bread, watermelon pancakes, and an heirloom omelet made from heirloom tomatoes, apple wood bacon, feta and arugula.


New This Year: Drinks and Cocktails

As more bars and restaurants move away from premixed and bottled ingredients and are making their own syrups and using fresh ingredients, it seems only right to let them in on the fun. In addition, Ketel One Vodka will be one of this year's sponsors and everyone is encouraged to offer a special Ketel One Cocktail on their Restaurant Week menu. As you're trying these cocktails, post your photos to Baltimore Restaurant Week's Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 gift card.


Alchemy
, located at 1011 W. 36th Street, will be featuring the Ruby Relaxer made from three ruby red grapefruit segments, Ketel Citron and fresh grapefruit juice. Langerman's, located at 2400 Boston Street, will feature Russian Spring Punch made from Ketel One Vodka, fresh raspberries and lemon, and a dash of sparkling wine. Barcocina, located at 1629 Thames Street, will be offering a three-course cocktail sampling for $20 in addition to their Almost Margarita made with Ketel One, homemade sour, lime juice and Cointreau.


Living in Baltimore

Once you've tried some of the delicious offerings from Baltimore's restaurants, you're sure to want to call Baltimore home. For help finding a home in the area, contact Homesale Realty today for a list of current, available real estate in Baltimore.

August
7

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

The story of Milton S. Hershey and the town of Hershey, PA is one of struggle and triumph. And, as anyone who lives in Hershey can attest, the story goes much deeper than the world-famous chocolate. Once Milton Hershey found success in his chocolate factory, he began a lifelong quest to not only build a town around his factories, but a community of people that lived well and cared for one another. Nowhere is his spirit of giving and caring more evident than in the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Hershey PA Medical Center

The History of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

In 1963, the planning for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center began and ground was broken in 1966. Penn State's College of Medicine accepted it's first class of students in 1967 and the first patients walked through the door of the Medical Center in 1970.

The original buildings of the 318-acre Medical Center included the Medical Science Building, the Animal Research Farm, the Laundry and Steam Plant, and the University Manor Apartments. Over the years, the campus expanded to 550 acres as a number of buildings and departments were added, including the addition of a state-of-the-art Children's Hospital in 2012.

Today, the College of Medicine offers programs in almost every area including biochemistry, integrative biosciences, and neuroscience and two post-doctoral programs including Laboratory Animal Medicine. The center also provides continuing education for health care professionals throughout the state.

Funding for the Medical Center

Aside from delicious chocolate, the greatest gift that Milton S. Hershey gave was his generosity. The M.S. Hershey Foundation was established to help organize and finance cultural and educational enrichment. In 1963, along with a grant from the U.S. Public Health Service, the M.S. Hershey Foundation gave $50 million to Penn State University so a medical school, teaching hospital, and research center could be built. Today, the medical center receives grants to fund many of its research projects from institutions such as the American Cancer Society and the National Science Foundation along with a number of federal, state, and private sponsors.

Penn State Hershey Childrens Medical Center

Services Provided

The Medical Center provides a full range of services to the Hershey community. From visits to a certified nutritionist to learn the fundamentals of healthy living to transplantation surgery and cosmetic surgery, a full staff of some of the best physicians, specialists, nurses, and administrators are ready to help.

In addition to regular services, the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital stands ready to provide hope and healing to sick children and their families. As the largest facility between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the 23,000 square foot Children's Hospital was built to help ease fears and provide a positive healing environment for young patients. The Four Diamonds Fund assists children and their families tackle the financial burdens of childhood cancer.

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute was opened in 2009 to specialize in fighting cancer through advanced prevention, diagnosis, and treatment programs. Along with a state-of-the-art radiation oncology suite and chemotherapy infusion pharmacy on-site, the institute also offers an outdoor healing garden for patients and their families based on the firm belief that healing must come from all around.

Living in Hershey PA

Milton Hershey's community lives on today. Hershey  is a town full of places to live, learn, relax, and have fun. To become part of this unique and caring community, take a look at our real estate listing for homes for sale in Hershey, PA or contact Homesale Realty today.

August
1

Mount Washington Welcomes Nickel TaphouseThe Nickel Taphouse in Baltimore's Mount Washington neighborhood was among the latest added to our city's food scene by local restaurateur, Robin Haas.  Haas, owner of Hampden's Birroteca, wanted to deliver a more informal dining experience with the opening of Nickel Taphouse.  Located at 1604 Kelly Avenue in Baltimore, The Nickel Taphouse is a 4,000 square foot restaurant/tavern fashioned after the places Haas remembered from his youth in Buffalo: a restaurant meets local tavern hybrid.  He wanted Baltimore locals to have an establishment that invited them to stop by and hang out on their way home from work.


The Nickel Taphouse Mount Washington

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed; one designed to be familiar and friendly for its customers.   However, the menu and drinks are served with satisfying style and formality. The dark wood and gleaming bar lend a cozy tavern feel – almost a "Cheers-like" atmosphere.  The dining room with fresh white tablecloths and vintage-style light fixtures are a marked contrast. Locals love visiting their favorite servers who are happy to give meal recommendations or suggest drink pairings.

Drinks and Refreshments

No matter what your taste, the Nickel Taphouse has a drink for you. Signature cocktails include the Yella Belly with a pepper-clove syrup and pineapple and the Hamsterdam Revisited with house-infused peppercorn vodka, strawberry, and rhubarb. Spanish and French champagnes are available by the bottle for special occasions and red and white wines from around the world can accompany any plate.

The beer presentation will keep the enthusiast busy for months. The Taphouse offers over 32 draft beers with an emphasis on local craft beesr. Several craft draft beers are available including many dark brews and light ales. Several seasonal brews rotate throughout the year and hard ciders make a great alternative to regular beer. 

The Menu

Impeccably fresh seafood is a Baltimore staple, and the Nickel Taphouse delivers. The Raw Bar features oysters, tuna, and salmon tartar or choose from classic dishes such as mussels in a white wine sauce, Mussels Provencale, or get adventurous and try the Jungle Thai Curry roasted oysters in a curry cilantro sauce. Other menu options include:

  • Soups and Starters. Choose from tavern favorites like smoking hot chili beer nuts or deviled eggs with bacon jam or enjoy a steaming bowl of French Onion Gratinee. 
  • Salads. From delicate baby kale topped with shaved fennel and a lemon-honey vinaigrette to a hearty steak & Gorgonzola salad with Bruscetta and caramelized onions, the salads at the Taphouse do not disappoint.
  • Burgers. Only the highest quality grass-fed Roseda beef will grace the toasted Brioche bun of the Purist Burger, vegetarians can enjoy the red lentil & mushroom burger, and fitness enthusiasts will love the turkey and avocado burger.
  • Sandwiches and Sides. Served with slaw and pickles, the Beef on Weck is unbeatable. Or, try the grilled cheese and veg or the neighborhood secret: the Robbin's BLT featuring house-cured bacon. On the side, enjoy steak tartare prepared tableside or steak frites with bearnaise sauce. 

Daily dinner specials also rotate throughout the week with Meatless Monday being a favorite choice along with Whole Fish Friday and Hell Hound Fried Chicken on Wednesday being close runners-up.


Hours and Location

The Nickel Taphouse is located at 1604 Kelly Avenue in Mount Washington.. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information, or for reservations, call (443) 869-6240.

Living in Mount Washington

The Nickel Taphouse is only one of many great places to grab a bite to eat or enjoy a few drinks with friends in Baltimore's Mount Washington neighborhood. To learn more about living here, or for help finding a home, contact Homesale Realty today. 

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Lancaster PA MakeoverThe only constant in life is change; nowhere is this more evident than in Lancaster, PA. The city began as a quiet farming town, spent one day as the capital of the colonies, and spent many years supplying the pioneers of the Frontier with Conestoga wagons and Pennsylvania long rifles. Today, Lancaster is a vibrant community that keeps the city's history alive while steadily marching towards the future.

Lancaster's 100-Year Makeover

Founded in 1729, Lancaster was officially incorporated as a city in 1818.  By the early 1900s, Lancaster, PA had become the heart of Lancaster County.  Penn Square, housing important locations such as City Hall and shopping destinations like Woolworth's Great Five Cent Store, was the center of attention. As cars became more affordable in the 1930s, people started leaving the city for the suburbs and the 100 year makeover of Lancaster began as the city's population started changing.

An attempt to ease downtown congestion in the 1960s produced the Route 30 Bypass, and while traffic was reduced, so were shoppers and travelers. Over the next few decades, Lancaster continued to experience alternating periods of growth and decline until it finally found it's calling. In the 1980s, the people of Lancaster rediscovered the cultural center that the city used to be, and quiet influx of artists began changing city's the landscape.

The Rise of the Arts District

The transition that Lancaster, Pennsylvania made to an artistic hub was gradual, however, the relocation of the Pennsylvania School of the Arts to downtown Lancaster in 1987 sped up the movement. Today, the school at 204 North Prince Street is known as the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and has close to 300 students enrolled.

The Arts District is also anchored by the Fulton Opera House. Built in 1852, the theatre at 12 North Prince Street is the oldest building in the district. While not technically an institution of the arts, Central Market at 23 North Market Street is another important destination in the Arts District. As the oldest continuously operating farmers' market in the country, it serves as a place for the entire community to gather and talk while supporting local growers, artisans, and merchants.

Lancaster PA 100 Year MakeoverGallery Row

The solidification of Gallery Row in 2005 made permanent what had been growing for decades. Lancaster, PA had become a premier cultural destination for city residents as well as travelers from across Pennsylvania and tourists from around the country. The Isadore Gallery, located at 228 North Prince Street, marks the beginning of The Row and Carmen & David's Creamery, located at the end of The Row at 25 North Prince Street, gives you a place to refresh after wandering through more than a dozen galleries, bookstores, and studios in between.

Living in Lancaster, PA

Lancaster is just a quick drive to Baltimore and Philadelphia so you'll always be in arm's reach of what the big cities have to offer. Closer to home, however, you'll find more than 300 boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and cultural destinations providing exciting attractions for the entire family. To become a part of a city that mingles history with contemporary adventure and comfortable neighborhood living, contact Homesale Realty's Lancaster office today.

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