“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Central Market

Central Market Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, February 2, 2008
1. Central Market Marker
Inscription.  The red brick market building directly before you is the oldest publicly owned, continually operated market in the United States, representing a Lancaster tradition since 1730. This building, which was constructed in 1889 by John Berger, is Romanesque in style and features two towers. The structure is well designed for light, ventilation, and cleaning, and has a straight forward arrangement of stalls and aisles. On July 12, 1972 the U.S. Department of the Interior declared the Central Market a National Shrine.
For many years curb markets flourished due to an overflow of merchants and the high rent prices in the market house. Produce was sold from the rear of market wagons backed up to the curb along King, Duke, Vine, and Prince Sts., and little boys could earn a few pennies toting heavy baskets in their express wagons. Curb markets terminated on January 1, 1927 because increased auto traffic threatened their safety.
Today, one can witness an ongoing march of people clutching market baskets, alighting from suburban buses and swarming to Central Market as tourists and natives alike gather on Tuesday and Friday to purchase the fresh quality
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Photographed By William Pfingsten, February 2, 2008
2. Central Market
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produce raised by the renowned Lancaster County farmers, some of the enticing specialities include corn, celery, apple butter, shoofly pie, schmierkase cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and cider.
William Henry, gunsmith in charge of purchase and repair of all arms for the Continental Army and Delegate to the Continental Congress resided in a brick home near the present market.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureColonial EraIndustry & CommerceWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1730.
Location. 40° 2.282′ N, 76° 18.355′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of Queen Street and King Street, on the left when traveling north on Queen Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldiers and Sailors Monument (here, next to this marker); Old Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Old Center Square (Penn Square) (here, next to this marker); Early Transportation Routes (here, next to this marker); Lancaster's 'freedom spies' (here, next to this marker); Penn Square (a few steps from this marker); The Revolutionary War (a few steps from this marker); The War of 1812 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Related markers.
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Photographed By William Pfingsten, February 2, 2008
3. Five Markers
This and four other markers are grouped together on the northwest corner of the square. Central Market can be seen in the background. See related markers below for the other 4 markers.
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lancaster markers displayed together.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,516 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on October 7, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 25, 2023