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December
20

Harrisburg Fort Hunter
Harrisburg (and our surrounding communities) gives our locals a lot to brag about and plenty of reasons for visitors to buy one of our Harrisburg homes for sale.

While our real estate agents help you to search for the perfect home, take a tour of the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park.

The Fort Hunter Mansion and Park sits high on a bluff looking out at the Blue Mountains and the Susquehanna River. It covers over 40 acres, and you will enjoy taking a guided tour of the beautifully restored home and gardens. Fort Hunter Mansion and Park has beautiful walking trails, picnic pavilions, and access to the Pennsylvania Canal trail. The structures include a restored barn, stables, tavern, spring house, ice house, and a charming covered bridge.

A division of the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, the mansion has holiday events throughout December for both adults and children, and it offers a look back into 19th-century life in Harrisburg.

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September
27

Gettysburg - Dobbins House

Our real estate agents often get asked what makes a particular city, suburb, or neighborhood stand out as a unique place to live.  For many people, it's the local history of a community.  No matter the diversity of a community, you share that community's history with your neighbors. 

Gettysburg is filled with American history due to its important role in the Civil War, and the city where President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address.  As you can imagine, the historic homes in Gettysburg have quite a story to tell. And the Dobbin House is one you shouldn't miss.

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May
24

Baltimore Hippodrome Theatre
Baltimore is one of America's most historic cities. No matter which Baltimore homes for sale appeal to you, you can be sure they're not far from a slice of history. Many residents find themselves living just steps away from sites that have shaped the American story.

Because of this, the people and authorities of Baltimore frequently work together to preserve the city's heritage. Even a handful of houses on the open market are decades old. Older buildings are conserved and protected so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

One terrific example is the legendary Hippodrome Theater founded in 1914.

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May
16

York County Rail TrailOur REALTORS® are known for going the extra mile to understand all of the perks and amenities of the neighborhoods they serve. When it comes to York homes for sale, that is quite literal. The York area has dozens of great trails, and we've selected a favorite.

That's right: We've hit the trail to explore York County Heritage Rail Trail!

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March
28

Baltimore Historic City Hall

There are many historic buildings throughout the city of Baltimore, but few match the beauty, history, and stories of Baltimore City Hall. The first cornerstone of Baltimore City Hall was put in place in 1867, in a ceremony that drew observers and celebrants from throughout the city. Ever since, Baltimore City Hall has been a center of civic life in Baltimore, and a prime example of the unique, historic architecture that you'll find in many of the city's most iconic buildings. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on this popular, historic Baltimore landmark.

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March
8

Baltimore Senator Theatre

Baltimore is a beautiful place to visit and live in. It's also home to one of the best historic theaters in the world: the Senator Theatre. Launched in October 1939 by Durkee Enterprises, the Senator Theatre features both classics and latest movies. 

This historic theater is a distinguishable Baltimore landmark thanks to its unique architecture and a multicolored glow at night. The Senator Theatre has a Dolby Digital surround sound and state-of-the-art projection system that takes the movie experience to another level. Our REALTORS® have compiled the following information to give you a better understanding of the history and beauty it brings to Baltimore.

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September
20

Lancaster Landis Mill Bridge
What is the first thing that you think of when someone mentions the historic community of Lancaster, PA? Maybe it's the quiet, peaceful serenity of the community, the unique charms of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, or the fact that you won't find a better place than Lancaster to spend a day (or a week... or a month) shopping for antiques.

It's fitting, then, Lancaster has also worked to preserve so many of the things that make living here such a special experience. There is no better example than the beautiful, covered bridges you'll find throughout the Lancaster area, including the Landis Mill Covered Bridge. Our REALTORS® in Lancaster have seen the sights, and we're excited to introduce you to one of the area's iconic landmarks.

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May
18

Lancaster PA Home to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Soliders and Sailors Monument

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.

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February
16

Historic Lancaster Central Market
Lancaster, PA
is filled with history. It is one of the oldest inland towns in the US. In 1777, it was capital of the United States for one day. It also served as the capital of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1812. It's not just the cultural history either—the city has beautiful, historic buildings and homes for residents to explore. One place that draws both locals and tourists is Central Market. In the heart of Amish country, a stunning red brick building holds the oldest farmers' market in the country.

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January
20

 

Discover the thriving arts and culture scene in York, Pennsylvania. Visiting local art exhibits and historical museums are the perfect way to spend your weekend this winter. Whether you prefer paint, glasswork, photography, multi-media, heritage, or history York city has an exhibit for you.

 

 

 

 

Art:

The York Arts Association was founded over a century ago in 1905 by a group of local artists to inspire the creation of visual arts and appreciation of its unique beauty. Community members and visitors alike are encouraged to visit the newly renovated facility to view exhibits that rotate monthly.

 

Antiquita Glassworks uses recycled or found glass to create hot fusion art glasswork. They specialize in creating a variety of pieces ranging from jewelry, to home accents, to sculptures. Visit their local shop on your next outing.

 

The Parliament, a unique nonprofit community arts collective, is a core cultural staple in the Royal Square neighborhood of York. The collective features local emerging multimedia artists and features new exhibits each month.

 

Marketview Arts is a 2.9 million dollar creative space in the center of Downtown's Cultural District. This cultural anchor hosts four levels of dynamic art featuring local artist studios on the lower level, The Pennsylvania Arts Experience Exhibition Gallery on the first floor, York College working studios on the second floor, and Gallery Hall, a multi-purpose event space on the third floor.

 

Museums:

The heart of Central Pennsylvania's economy is centered on agriculture and industry. Discover how our ancestors navigated these industries at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Observe centuries old agricultural artifacts that were produced and used in York County. Tour a three-story gristmill and a 1937 Aeronca K airplane.

 



Visit the Fire Museum located in the historic Royal Fire House. Travel through time over the past 200 years of firefighting in York County. Exhibits include vintage fire trucks, horse drawn fire carriages, photographs, and firefighter uniforms.

 

The Weightlifting Hall of Fame is uniquely located in York County. Learn about the evolution of the strength sport history and its role in the Olympic Games. Exhibits are dated from the early 19th century to today's weightlifting and bodybuilding. 

 

 

 

 

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June
18

Discover Baltimore from the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse Baltimore Harbor


Baltimore's Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse helped ships safely navigate into the city's Inner Harbor along the Patapsco River for more than a century. Not only did the lighthouse serve as an important purpose for Maryland's shipping industry, it became one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Today, you can discover a piece of Baltimore history and discover its local flavor with a visit to the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.

Baltimore Lighthouse Construction


Lighthouse Construction 

By the mid-1800s, it became clear that ships needed assistance in order to pass safely from the Chesapeake Bay, up the Patapsco River and into the Baltimore Harbor. Bolstered by the recent construction of a screwpile lighthouse at Brandywine Shoal in the Delaware Bay, plans were made to construct the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse in the early-1850s.

The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was only the second screwpile lighthouse in the United States and the first built in Maryland.  Its construction proved to be a boom for Baltimore manufacturing because many parts were made in town, at the Murray and Hazlehurst iron foundry. Seven Foot Knoll began to the light the way upriver in 1855. 

Life of the Lighthouse Keeper 

After opening, Seven Foot Knoll required the constant attention of a lighthouse keeper. Three lighthouse keepers lived and worked at Seven Foot Knoll, rotating shifts to allow each keeper 8 days off per month.  Duties of a keeper included lighting the coal-powered light from sunset to sunrise, cleaning the lamp, and winding the fog bell's machine every 45 minutes during foggy weather.
 

Life at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse proved tough for many.  Most historians agree that retaining keepers at the lighthouse proved tough because the living quarters became too cold during the winter.  Eventually, a previously-removed stove was rebuilt, improving cold-weather conditions

A Daring Rescue 

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse's final keeper, Thomas Jefferson Steinhise experienced a bit of fame after he participated in a daring, sea rescue.  In August 1933, a Nor'easter churned its way up the coast, putting Maryland's shore in danger. During the storm, a tug boat capsized near the lighthouse. Steinhise rowed a small boat to the shipwreck, saving five men before the arrival of additional help.
 

The Decline of a Landmark 

Unfortunately, following Steinhise's tenure, no other keeper would live and work at the historic Baltimore lighthouse.  Lighted buoys and range lights aided ships in navigating the river. By 1948, the light became automated. Sadly, Seven Foot Knoll began to quickly decline and it closed in 1969.


In the 1980s, the City of Baltimore stepped in, saving Seven Foot Knoll from demolition. By barge, the lighthouse was moved to the Inner Harbor for restoration. The city rejoiced at saving this landmark and descendants of Keeper Steinhise participated in the restoration.
 

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse Today

Though no longer operational, today the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is one of the oldest remaining Chesapeake-area lighthouses. Now located on Pier 5 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, it is open to the public and free to tour.  A visit to Seven Foot Knoll offers visitors an education in Maryland lighthouses and maritime life.
 

With its barn-red colored siding, the lighthouse remains one of Baltimore's iconic landmarks. In addition to its informational museum, residents visit Seven Foot Knoll simply for its stunning views.  Head to the lighthouse just in time to catch the sunset.


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March
20

Faidley's Seafood for Baltimore's Best Crab Cakes


Baltimore is well known for its options for delectable food, but few of these options are quite as well known as the Faidley's Seafood Market. Located on North Paca in the Lexington Market, the Faidley's Seafood Market has been serving up fresh seafood since 1886, and has won numerous awards and accolades for its food. In fact, the restaurant is listed in Southern Living's "Off the Eaten Path," and Patricia Schultz named Faidley's Seafood Market as one of the "1,000 Places to See Before You Die." This iconic eating establishment is truly part of the "Best of Baltimore."

Best of Baltimore Faidley's Seafood Market

 

A Rich Piece of Baltimore's History for Over a Century

It is more than the food that makes Faidley's Seafood Market so important to Baltimore's residents and visitors alike. It is the rich history of the place as well. Faidley's Seafood opened its doors in 1886 when John W. Faidley, Sr. started selling his fresh seafood and crab cakes. Over the years, it has remained a family-run business with Bill and Nancy Devine the descendants of Faidley himself owning the restaurant today.


While all of the food at Faidley's Seafood is excellent, it is the lump crab cakes that have drawn so many to Baltimore's World Famous Lexington Market. The crab cakes have allowed Faidley's to develop Maryland Style Crab Feasts, a community event that has helped build the tourism and economy of the region. People from around the country and even international locations will host Faidley's Maryland Style Crab Feasts, partnering with Faidley's to provide the food. Faidley's has been seen in movies and TV shows as well.

 

Award-Wining Crab Cakes and Iconic Experience

Every day, people travel from around the state and even around the country to visit Faidley's. It's the crab cakes that have gotten so many people interested in Faidley's.


Smithsonian Magazine, for instance, recommends Faidley's to people visiting Baltimore in its "The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America" list, and specifically names the crab cake sandwich as one of the best you can find anywhere. "Man vs. Food" host, Adam Richman, has also called it one of the best sandwiches in the country. According to Smithsonian, it's the addition of chopped saltines to the mix, added just before frying the crab cake that makes it so special.

Baltimore Crab Cakes


Of course, crab cakes are not all that Faidley's serves. Zagat, which gave Faidley's a 26 out of 30 rating, indicates that other favorites are the raw bar, oyster shuckers and no-frills service. And this is true - you won't find any frills at Faidley's, or any chairs either. Baltimore residents enjoy standing up to eat at communal tables, and many feel that the laid-back atmosphere adds to the experience.

 

If you have not yet tried Faidley's, you owe it to yourself to head to Lexington Market to taste a piece of Baltimore history. If you are considering making the move to Baltimore, consider shopping for a home close to the market so you can enjoy Faidley's on a regular basis.

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January
16

Harrisburg Capitol Stands as a Symbol of Local Community


Harrisburg, the capital of the Pennsylvania, is located along the banks of the Susquehanna River.  While Harrisburg plays a pivotal role in our state government today, it first made its mark in American history during the Civil War.  Today, Harrisburg stands as a vibrant, culturally diverse community where art, entertainment and history come together in a beautiful way.


At the center of it all is the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building filling the skyline of the city and standing as a symbol to the history, culture and overall importance of Harrisburg, PA.

Harrisburg PA State Capitol Building

 

The History of the Capitol Building

The Capitol was built in the Italian Renaissance style common of historic statehouses. When it was complete in 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt called it "the handsomest building I ever saw." When it was dedicated, the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building was the tallest structure between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.


Harrisburg PA State Capitol Building Architecture


At the center of the Capitol is its 272-foot tall dome. The vaulted ceiling mirrors the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and weighs in at 52 million pounds. A beautiful staircase in the center of it all is reminiscent of a European opera house. The regal, elegant design of the building draws over 100,000 people per year to enjoy a free tour.

Harrisburg PA State Capitol Building Interior Dome

 

No matter where you look in Harrisburg, the Capitol and its breathtaking dome stands as a testament to the state and city history and the seat of modern state government, making it the focal point of the community.


Taking a Tour of the Capitol

When you tour the Capitol building, you are instantly struck by the beauty of its exterior architecture. As you walk through the various buildings, glimpses of French and English styles are used along with its Italian Renaissance architecture. The beautiful stained glass throughout the building lets in brightly colored light, adding to the ambiance of the state.

 

It is not just architecture that makes the Capitol truly special. Throughout its various rooms, wings and hallways, you can see a breathtaking display of classic paintings and antique furnishings. A tour of the Capitol is much like a tour of an elegant art museum all housed in a historically significant building.

Harrisburg PA Skyline

 

Yes, the Capitol building and its history are something Harrisburg residents are proud of. If you are ready to make that history part of your own family, consider shopping for a historic Harrisburg home. The team at Homesale Realty is ready to help you discover Harrisburg and its real estate options for you.

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