Historic site marker program returns to Lancaster County
The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County has restored the historic site marker program, which has been inactive since the 1990s.
Marker plaques are available for homes, barns, bridges and other Lancaster County structures. The 6-by-8 inch oval bronze plaques will be produced by Paul W. Zimmerman Foundries in West Hempfield Township.
"Historic site marker plaques are being brought back by popular demand," said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County. "Lancaster County has such a wonderful inventory of historic properties, and the ones that are significant should be singled out with a recognition plaque."
The first trust site markers were introduced in 1974.
To qualify for the program, a structure must have been built during the World War II era or earlier and must be at least one of the following:
• the site of a significant local, state or national event.
• a site that can be identified with a person or persons who significantly contributed to the development of the county, state or nation.
• the work of a master builder, designer or architect whose individual work has influenced the development of the county, state or nation.
• a building that is recognized for the quality of its architecture.
An application will be required for each plaque candidate.
The information from the application will be added to the Preservation Trust's archives of more than 10,000 Lancaster County structures. The cost for each plaque is $190, and this includes a one-year membership in the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.
The purpose of the program is to recognize historically and architecturally significant structures in Lancaster County and to encourage the preservation of the county's rich history, Horst said.