Fun and Interesting Facts About Lancaster, PA

September 12, 2018 | 8:00 AM EDT
Written by: Virginia Agosto

Lancaster, PA, is a lot of things – beautiful and bountiful; pastoral and urban; traditional and artsy; rich with Amish and PA Dutch culture; conveniently close to Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Baltimore (and only three hours from New York City); and has even been named one of the top 10 “coolest places to visit in the U.S.” by Forbes.

The Eden Resort & Suites welcomes you to charming Lancaster, PA – we are here to help you create beautiful and lasting memories and to provide you with all the local information you’ll need to make your visit extra special. We are passionate about discovering all the gems that Lancaster County has to offer and sharing them with our guests.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor who loves coming to Lancaster County, PA, here are some fun and interesting facts about it that you may not know:

  • Lancaster was the nation’s capital for a brief time—one day to be exact—when the Continental Congress met downtown in 1777.
  • James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, moved here after college and died here; he is buried in Woodward Hill Cemetery.
  • The original City Hall was located where the Penn Square statue is now.
  • The very first pretzel bakery in the States is the Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz, opened in 1861.

Photo Source: LancasterBerger.com

  • Milton Hershey, famous for his candy, opened his first candy shop (Lancaster Caramel Company) in Lancaster in 1866.
  • In the summer, visitors come from all around the neighboring states for their yearly fix of flavorful Washington Boro tomatoes.
  • Lancaster County has 29 covered bridges—also known as Kissing Bridges.   They’re popular sites for bicyclists, scooters, and driving tours.

Photo source: drivethenation.com

  • Lancaster has a long tradition of repurposing pretty much everything that can be reused, such as fabric scraps for quilts. You can find multiple stores with up-cycled stuff in the 300 block of Queen Street, in downtown Lancaster City.
  • Lancaster County’s Amish have roots dating to the early 18th century. They have doubled in number since 1990.
  • The Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster City is America’s oldest theater in continuous operation. It’s also known as the Grand Old Lady of Prince Street and has been in service since 1852.

Photo source: wrti.com

  • The name Lancaster is derived from Lancashire, United Kingdom, and is symbolized by the red rose from the House of Lancashire.

Whether you are a local or an out-of-towner, the Eden Resort’s convenient location, superb accommodations, modern amenities, and friendly service make us the perfect lodging for your vacation or weekend getaway. After exploring Lancaster’s many attractions and activities, relax at our hotel’s heated indoor or outdoor pool and have a delicious meal at one of our restaurants. Let us show you why we are consistently ranked as Lancaster’s #1 hotel/resort.

Reserve a room today at EdenResort.com or 866.801.6430.