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By William Fischer, Jr., November 11, 2018
"Steps of Progress" and Marker
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — "Steps of Progress"

These "Steps of Progress" to the Lititz Boy Scout Pavilion were provided and built by Boy Scout Ryan Haines of Lititz Boy Scout Troop 142 as his Eagle Scout Project — Map (db m126240) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — 1895 Drinking Fountain

This fountain was part of the lower piece of one of the three original gas lights that were located at the "Roebuck Memorial Fountain," in Lititz, which was dedicated October 3, 1895. It was saved and has since been rebuilt and placed . . . — Map (db m126231) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — An Icon of Lititz Springs Park

The lion's head has been a prominent icon to Lititz Springs Park since 1857. In addition to its beautiful stream, its shaded walkways and its well-kept natural environment, Lititz Springs Park was enhanced by an elegant carving of a lion's head . . . — Map (db m126238) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Arched Bridge

In 1856 sandstone from the Furnace Hills north of Lititz was brought to the park grounds by horse and cart and used as coping around the head-end of the Springs. This stone coping continued eastward to prevent the stream from overflowing and . . . — Map (db m126280) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Beck Memorial Band Shell

Built in 1937, the "Paul E. Beck Memorial Band Shell" has hosted many musical venues and notable celebrations, including the crowning of the Queen of Candles, the highlight of the 4th of July festivities in the park since . . . — Map (db m126283) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Building of the Lititz Freight Station in 1921

In 1884, the Lititz Moravian Congregation, who owned Lititz Springs Park, entered into a ninety-nine year lease with the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company for the location of a new Passenger Depot & Express Station to be built on Park . . . — Map (db m126227) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Elmer Holmes Bobst
His generosity interest in human welfare and love for Lititz, his boyhood home, made possible the restoration and development of this park. Established in 1843 by the Moravian Congregation, the park was given to the community of Lititz in 1956. — Map (db m5318) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — In Grateful Recognition to All Veterans
who preserved the freedom won by America's first veterans that are buried here. 1776 - 1999 — Map (db m5269) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — In Memory of 110 Soldiers of the Continental Army
Who died in the Lititz Military Hospital between December 19, 1777 and August 28, 1778 and are buried here. — Map (db m5268) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — In Memory of the Brave Soldiers of the Continental Army
who died in this building when it was used by order of General Washington as a military hospital from Dec. 19, 1777 to Aug. 28, 1778. This tablet is erected by the Lititz Moravian Congregation of the 450 men quartered here, there died 120, of whom . . . — Map (db m5273) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — John A. Sutter
In the cemetery opposite is buried the California pioneer. Founder of Sacramento, 1839. Gold was discovered on his lands, 1848. Ruined by the gold rush, he made Lititz his home from 1871 until death, 1880. — Map (db m5264) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — John Augustus Sutter Memorial
Dedicated by the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in memory of John Augustus Sutter who founded California's capital, the City of Sacramento August 12, 1839. The fort which he established is today a shrine containing historical relics of the gold rush . . . — Map (db m81796) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — July 4th Candle Illuminations

The first candle illumination in the Lititz Springs Park was held July 4, 1843 when 400 candles were lit to celebrate America's Independence. This long-held tradition was begun to honor a Christmas Eve Moravian custom of lighting a candle to . . . — Map (db m126276) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Last Memorial Day Encampment

On Memorial Day, May 31, 1920, members of Stevens Post No. 517 of The Grand Army of the Republic met on the Lititz Springs grounds for the last time. In recognition of their fallen comrades, the 15 remaining local Civil War Veterans set up . . . — Map (db m126281) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Linden Hall
Oldest girls' resident school in the United States. Founded in 1746 by the Moravian Church. Originally a day school, it has since 1794 drawn boarding students from a wide area. The school was chartered under its present name in 1863. — Map (db m5265) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Lititz
Settled during 1740's, Moravians established here a "land Gemeine," or country congregation in 1756. It was named by Count Zinzendorf after a Bohemian town which sheltered persecuted Moravians in 1456. — Map (db m5317) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Lititz Boy Scout Cabin1927 - 2012

October, 1927, Lititz Boy Scout Troops 2 and 3 opened the doors of the new log cabin which they built representing the early log cabins built by our early American pioneers. Because of their interest in the great outdoors, the scouts received . . . — Map (db m126272) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Lititz Caboose Museum

The Lititz Caboose was purchased by the Lititz Springs Park Board Caboose Committee in 2000. This rail car was restored by Gerhart Machinery Company of Lititz and dedicated July 1, 2001. The Caboose Museum is a complimentary companion to the . . . — Map (db m126190) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Lititz Moravian Congregation
1749 - 250th Anniversary - 1999 In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love. The Warwick Gemeinhaus was consecrated February 9, 1749. This date serves as the founding date for the Warwick Congregation, which on August . . . — Map (db m5271) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Lititz Springs Park Entrance Gates

The first entrance to Lititz Springs Park was a small walking path leading off of Maple Street opposite the old brewery. In 1844 a new visitor entrance to the Park was opened at Broad Street. It was located on the south side of the Lititz . . . — Map (db m126234) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Lititz Springs Park Historical Markers

The nine markers placed throughout the Park are both a memorial to "Sketch" Mearig, and also an educational platform of the history of Lititz Springs Park.

Robert "Sketch" Mearig was born in Lititz in 1923. He spent many childhood days . . . — Map (db m126232) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Moravian Gemeinhaus
Built in 1746 by the Moravians as Church, Parsonage, and School. It stood 125 yards to the north on the elevation on this side of Carter's Run. — Map (db m5266) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Music Pavilion

On July 4, 1906 a Music Pavilion was dedicated to accommodate Beck's Concert Band, a well respected band in Lititz. An octagonal shaped, gazebo style bandstand with latticed sides, designed by Paul E. Beck, Band Director, was built in the area . . . — Map (db m126236) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — On This Site in 1861 Julius Sturgis — The oldest commercial pretzel bakery in the United States
Established the first pretzel bakery in the New World. This tablet dedicated by The National Pretzel Bakers Institute May 1951 Alex V. Tisdale, Pres. — Map (db m90834) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Paul E. Beck Memorial Band Shell

Dedicated to the memory of Paul E. Beck 1871 - 1934 Lititz Bandmaster and Teacher of Music, Art and Literature

September 2, 1937 . . . — Map (db m126285) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Revolutionary War Memorial 1930 Veterans Memorial 1999
On this site are interred the remains of 110 soldiers from General Washington's Continental Army. Wounded at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, these soldiers were transported to Lititz between December 1777 and August 1778. Hospitalized in . . . — Map (db m5267) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Round House

The Round House is thought to have originally been built as a grandstand on the grounds of the Warwick Racing Track located northeast of Lititz. It was dismantled and reconstructed on its present site in the early months of 1880.

The Round . . . — Map (db m126235) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Springs Head-End

In 1855 the steep bank around the spring head was contoured. Three springs were uncovered flowing from caves to the west. From the bubbling spring, water gracefully flows eastward and is the source of the Lititz Run stream. The clear, limestone . . . — Map (db m126237) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — The Heritage Center
Dedicated in 1971 Moravian Church Square Established in 1757 In memory of the many men and women of past and present generations who served faithfully in the Moravian Congregation to make our heritage possible. — Map (db m5274) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — The Importance of Conversation

On this site in the 1940s, a young R. Ronald Reedy and his uncle would sit on a bench and watch railroad workers and engineers switch the freight cars bound for Wilbur Chocolate and the nearby lumber yard. And, at certain times throughout the . . . — Map (db m126228) HM

Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — The Lititz Pharmacopoeia
For the use of Medical Department of the "Army of the Federated States of America," was compiled by Physician-General William Brown in Lititz, and published in Philadelphia, in 1778. It was the first American Formulary and a pioneer effort at the . . . — Map (db m5272) HM
Pennsylvania (Lancaster County), Lititz — Veterans Memorial

Dedicated in honor of all those who served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States of America ☆ ☆ ☆ — Map (db m126193) WM


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