• Historical timeline of the Rothsville Volunteer Fire Company

    It all started with a local business owner who wanted to make a difference in his community. In 1888, Jefferson Usner of Rothsville purchased two hand-drawn, two-wheeled chemical carts with a tank and attached cylinder. Later, the...

    • Posted August 30, 2017
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  • The Lutz Pool was located on Locust Street, across the road from what is now Woodstream. Image from the Robert ‘Sketch’ Mearig collection
    Lititz stayed cool at Lutz’s Pool

    It was the brainchild of beloved Lititz butcher Benjamin Lutz; and many years ago, it was the place in town where residents of Lititz, both young and old, cooled off. Once located along Locust Street and situated...

    • Posted July 26, 2017
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  • A rare up-close view of a local sulky racer. Photo from the Sketch Mearig Collection
    Whit Monday races in Rothsville

    In April, I wrote about the Warwick Driving Park, once located just north of downtown Lititz. After that article appeared in the pages of the Lititz Record Express, several folks reached out to me asking about a...

    • Posted June 21, 2017
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  • Tom Thumb visits Lititz

    On Wednesday May 14, 1879, something big happened in Lititz. This was the day that General Tom Thumb, the most famous little person in history, and one of the first worldwide celebrities, came to town. His real...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • The Lititz trolley line was extended as far as Lititz Springs Park.
    It’s electric!: First trolley travels to Lititz in 1895

    On Tuesday April 30, 1895, transportation changed for the residents of Lititz forever. For this was the day that the very first trolley on the Lancaster-Lititz “electric railroad” was put into operation. As early as 1890, the...

    • Posted May 3, 2017
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  • Debbie Hevener (left) and Marcia Lefever are among the dedicated volunteers at Matthew 25. Photos by Missi Mortimer
    Matthew 25 makes top 10

    Thrift store has raised more than $2.5 million for charity since opening in 2000 For years, locals have known of the gems that can be found at Matthew 25. But now, the popular downtown thrift shop is...

    • Posted April 19, 2017
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  • Fast times at Warwick Driving Park

      In the late 1800s, the corner of North Locust and Brunnerville roads was the place for thrill seekers and horse racing fans alike. For this was the location of the Warwick Driving Park, where thousands of...

    • Posted April 5, 2017
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  • Roots and Blues 2017

    Last weekend, the fourth annual Roots and Blues Festival took place in downtown Lancaster. The three-day celebration of music, organized by local promoter Rich Ruoff, boasted more than 70 artists who played across nine performance venues both...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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  • 1919 photo of Eugene (left) and John Longenecker, standing next to the Road-O-Plane.
    John Longenecker and the Road-O-Plane

    When it came to being a salesman, from an early age, John Longenecker of Lititz was an “out of the box” thinker. Originally selling his mother’s cup cheese door to door, he later sold silverware. Then, after...

    • Posted February 24, 2017
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  • Lititz artist John Wenger created this painting of the Park View Hotel in the 1980s.
    History of the Park View Hotel

    In June of 1900, a gentleman named Hiram Holtzhouse opened a brand new restaurant on North Broad Street in Lititz. This business venture, complete with a trolley terminus, would be the perfect location for both travelers and...

    • Posted January 11, 2017
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