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10 Facts About Lancaster

Steeple View Lofts, a +55 loft-style community, is located in the heart of historic downtown Lancaster. Like most, we love calling Lancaster home. Here’s a few friendly facts about our beloved city:

1) America’s oldest inland city, Lancaster served as our nation’s capital for one day when the Continental Congress convened here in 1777. Lancastrians celebrate Capitol Day on September 27th.

2) Heinrich Miller (1702-1782), in partnership with Benjamin Franklin printed Lancaster City’s premier newspaper. Heinrich would continue printing in Philadelphia, later publishing the first announcement of the Declaration of Independence.

3) C. Emlen Urban (1863-1939) designed numerous buildingsDSC_7547 (1) throughout the city including Lancaster’s iconic W.W. Griest Building. Can you spot other Urban designs?

4) Lancaster holds Pennsylvania’s highest Walk Score of 80. Philadelphia is 2nd and West Chester is 3rd.

5) Lancaster Central Market is the nation’s oldest farmer’s market. Lancaster Central Market began its operation in 1730.

6) Completed in 1795, Route 30 (Philadelphia-Lancaster Turnpike) was the first paved road in the United States. The City of Lancaster was home to many of the county’s first paved roads.

7) Bethel AME, Lancaster’s oldest AME church, served as fundamental junction along the Underground Railroad. Abolitionist and Congressmen, Thaddeus Stevens defended the rights of enslaved African Americans.

8) Lancaster is the Red Rose City, named after the House of Lancaster.

9) The Soldiers and Sailors monument was dedicated on July 4, 1874. The base of the monument reads: “Erected by the people of Lancaster County/To the memory of DSC_7322their fellow citizens who fell in the War of the Rebellion/1861-1865.

10) According to a 2010 Census, Lancaster yields the 8th largest population in Pennsylvania.

What are your favorite Lancaster facts?

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