• 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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  • 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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