• Sizzle & Chill

    New format pleases 13th annual Fire & Ice attendees One thing the Lititz community tends to prove again and again is it knows how to entertain. And, as in the case of the 13th annual Fire &...

    • Posted February 21, 2018
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  • From tragedy to triumph: The history of McElroy’s Pharmacy

    On a cold February day in 1940, a fire broke out at Hensel’s Drug Store in Lititz. Although nobody was hurt, the blaze spread through two floors of the building, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Sadly,...

    • Posted January 24, 2018
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  • Happy historical holidays! Christmas in Lititz one century ago

    The holidays are now in full swing in Lititz as we anticipate what the jolly old elf may bring us this year. For generations, the season has been a special time with the glowing street stars, community...

    • Posted December 21, 2017
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  • Bomberger Cave: gone, but not forgotten

    Just north of downtown Lititz near the rolling hills of Lexington is the historic Bomberger property. Originally settled in the early 1700s by Christian Bomberger, the area has been in the same family for about three centuries...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Did apparitions of doomed Revolutionary War soldiers march past the old Keystone Hotel in Rothsville, possibly en route to their final resting place in Lititz, during a cold and misty morning in the early 1940s? A popular local folktale says it happened. Sketch Mearig Collection
    Historical haunts

    October means Halloween, and in the spirit of the season I present to you two scary local tales. Enjoy, and sleep tight! March of the Unknown Soldiers This yarn has been passed down from one generation to...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • 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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