A friend recently described Lancaster as “a colorful rush of life,” she said. “Lancaster is full of art, entertainment and personality.” It’s true, Lancaster is a great place to live, work, and play.

Over the last two decades, this community has blossomed into a thriving community: a place where residents are proud of the boast that “I am from Lancaster.” The city offers an energetic downtown, and lovely historic neighborhoods.

Located in beautiful south-central Pennsylvania, Lancaster was originally settled in 1718, making it the oldest inland city in the United States.

Lancaster offers a:

  • Rich cultural and historical heritage, From President Buchanan’s house to General Hand’s Rockford Plantation, Lancaster knows history.
  • Vibrant art community
  • Great restaurants & vibrant small businesses
  • Central Market, market day is like a cocktail party in which old friends meet at the nation’s oldest farmer’s market.
  • A world-class convention center, a focal point of commerce and society in our fair city.

I am proud to be Living in Lancaster.

Some Local Attractions:

  • Central Market – fresh local goods sold in an historic downtown atmosphere
  • Lancaster Barnstormers – Atlantic League professional baseball
  • Eastern Market – local fresh produce, ethnic foods, music, special events
  • North Museum of Natural History & Science – exhibits, special events, lecture programs, field trips and 3rd largest planetarium in PA
  • Fulton Opera House – National Historic Landmark, providing theater since 1852
  • Rockford Plantation – elegant 1794 mansion of Gen. Edward Hand, the Adjutant General of the Continental Army
  • James Buchanan’s Wheatland – tour the home of America’s 15th president
  • Demuth Museum – Charles Demuth’s restored artists’ studio, gardens & 18th century home & art gallery – oldest U.S. tobacco shop
  • Lancaster Museum of Art – local, national & international artists’ visual arts exhibits
  • Lancaster County Historical Society – exhibits of fine art, crafts, artifacts & documents, library – archives available for geneological research
  • Lancaster Cultural History Museum – regional 18th and 19th century furniture, quilts, silver & fraktur
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church – a stop along the Underground Railroad, presents living historical productions
  • Pennsylvania College of Art & Design – offers Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fine Art, Illustration & Graphic Design, plus certificate, credit and non-credit courses

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