Lancaster, PA has a long history dating back to 1742. Its ties to United States history have aptly earned it the title, "The Small City that Changed America." If you're searching for homes in Lancaster for an upcoming relocation to our community, one of the first things you'll notice are the historic building scattered throughout modern Lancaster neighborhoods.
It's easy to get caught up in searching for your new house but take some time to explore the history behind the community you're considering as your new home. In fact, you'll soon become aware that the city is full of history and attractions that appeal to all ages. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Lancaster is a must-see.
Dedicated in 1874, this 43-foot tall monument was created to honor the Union soldiers who perished in the Civil War. The monument is located at the spot where the Treaty of Lancaster was signed between the Iroquois, Virginia and Maryland. The statue depicts a woman holding a sword and shield wearing a crown of stars. Called the "Genius of Liberty" this monument is part of the National Register of Historic places.
Surrounding the woman are four smaller statues, indicating the four branches of the United States military: artillery, cavalry, navy, and army. (In case you're wondering, the Cavalry branch became the Armor branch in 1950, although we still have horses in the military today.) Plaques have been added in addition the surrounding soldiers commemorating significant U.S. military events including World War II and the Persian Gulf War.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands today in Penn Square, in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Penn Square is a bustling marketplace in a historic setting. In addition to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, close by is the Fulton Opera House -- America's oldest theater in continuous operation.
The nearby Central Market dates back to the 1700's, yet thrives with fresh and new artisan goods and delectable food twice a week for local farmer's markets. Explore the Bowsman House and eavesdrop on passersby, or compare the local prison to castles from Europe. With an emphasis on preservation, the area brings history to the modern age.
But don't think that modern amenities are lacking in the area. The Penn Square Marriot provides relaxation and luxury, and the Lancaster County Convention Center across the street was built in 2009.
Find easy directions to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument online, or contact a local Lancaster historian. In an area with so much to offer, you'll have to move here to find all the stories Lancaster has to share.
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