As part of our consolidation, Bright subscribers will have a lot of new areas to explore! One area that will be new to many is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Here are six interesting facts about this unique area in the Bright footprint.
- The city of Lancaster is not only America’s oldest inland city; it was also the nation’s capital for one day when the Continental Congress met downtown in 1777.
- Agriculture is important in Lancaster County with more than 5,000 farms.
- The Pennsylvania Militia burned the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge in June 1863 to slow Confederate forces on their way to Harrisburg. You can still see remnants of the bridge, on US 30 when you cross the Susquehanna River.
- America’s first pretzel bakery, Sturgis Pretzel House, was established in Lititz in 1861. Pretzels are still made there today.
- Lititz isn’t just known for its pretzels. In 2013 the city was named Coolest Small Town in America by Budget Travel. It continues to be a popular place to live and visit.
- The Lancaster Central Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. It began operating in 1731.