Lancaster County turns 300

February 18, 2010

Lancaster County turns 300, Historic Smithton Inn Leading the way to the establishment of the Ephrata Community, the Cloister, and ultimately the Henry Miller Tavern (aka Historic Smithton Inn), was the settlement of Lancaster County in 1710. Nine immigrant families from the Palatinate section of southwest Germany staked their claim in what was then the wilderness of a British colony. These settlers, who were looking for religious freedom, lived in harmony with the friendly Conestoga Indians, who helped them survive in the early days.


To commemorate the county’s 300th birthday, Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum are sponsoring a yearlong celebration to honor the county and its people, past and present.

Many of the events scheduled are free. A few have fees and some of those are fundraisers that will pay for the construction of an Eastern Woodlands Indian longhouse on the Hans Herr property. Another goal of the celebration is to recognize the rich cultural diversity of those who call Lancaster County home today, through traditions, food and music.

Events include cooking and quilting demonstrations, lectures, concerts, bike rides, field trips, festivals and tours. There will even be a self-guided Scavenger Hunt to historic sites in Lancaster County. Click here for a complete list of activities scheduled throughout the upcoming year and contact information for the organizers.