Preserving Lancaster County landmarks is the focus and goal of the Historic Preservation Trust. The Trust recently elected John Metzger, senior partner with May, Metzger, Zimmerman LLP in Lancaster, to the board of directors.
Metzger brings with him extensive experience in representing fiduciaries in the context of decedent’s estates and trusts. He also specializes in estate planning. He is a lecturer on estate, probate, will, fiduciary, taxation and historic preservation easements. He has also served as a trustee of the Heritage Center Museum in Lancaster and as chairman of the Lancaster Township Zoning Hearing Board.
The Historic Preservation Trust Board provides the non-profit organization with guidance and leadership as it brings individuals and organizations together to identify and protect homes, barns, bridges and other Lancaster County structures that are historically significant.
Volunteers are always sought at the Trust. Currently the Trust is looking for volunteers to survey historically significant properties, work with various municipalities enduring ordinances are established to protect historical properties, work with property owners and developers to protect and preserve properties, plan special events and help organize archives. Readers can fill out a volunteer application at http://hptrust.org/volunteer/.
It was in the Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House that Andrew Ellicott taught Meriwether Lewis navigation skills before Lewis set off on his famous Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1804. Each year the Trust sets a Watch List of various properties throughout the County in need of attention. This year there is one property within the City – the Swan Tavern and Carriage House.
The Swan Tavern and Carriage House is located at East Vine and South Queen Streets. It is one of the Federal Period buildings in the City, dating back to 1824. The property, according to the Trust, used to be a combined tavern and hospital. It was the Lancaster Infirmary and House of Recovery. The hospital was only one of two private hospitals in the City. The tavern is one of the oldest in the City.
Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.
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