We recently took a guided walking tour of downtown Lancaster City. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, captivating us with numerous stories during our 2-hour walk along tree-lined city streets and quaint alleyways. What a colorful past we have here in Lancaster!

For instance, few people outside our area know that the city of Lancaster was actually the capital of the United States… for one day! It happened on September 27, 1777, when the 2nd Continental Congress, with the original Declaration of Independence in their possession, held session in Lancaster’s courthouse (they were in the process of moving from Philadelphia to York to evade British troops). And in 1789, shortly after our new Constitution was ratified, Edward Hand (George Washington’s former Adjutant General) officially submitted the city of Lancaster for consideration as our new nation’s capital.

Among our many other stops were the Demuth Tobacco Shop (the oldest tobacco store in the U.S., and the oldest business in Lancaster, dating back to 1770), and the Trinity Church on Duke Street where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the citizens of Lancaster during that first week of July 1776, and whose present day steeple was constructed while George Washington was still President.

To see and hear all that this great walking tour has to offer, we recommend experiencing it for yourself. Tours start at the Southern Market building at the corner of Queen and Vine Streets. Call 717-392-1776 for all the details. And have a great summer!

Written by Steve & Jamie Shane, Apple Bin Inn