By Jaycie Smith/USC Lancaster Student
An all-access tour with a reveal of “exciting news” will kick off the reopening of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse and Museum from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, February 27.
And everyone in the county should be there, said Joe Grier, chairman of the Lancaster County Historical Commission.
“To tell you the truth…the historic courthouse is Lancaster County’s best kept secret,” he said.
The reopening will include light refreshments and a chance to see the entire courthouse and museum on the first floor. The museum closed when COVID-19 increased in March 2020.
The museum has four rooms that give “an immersive look at Lancaster County’s rich history,” Grier said.
One room focuses on the military.
“We have uniforms from Lancaster veterans on display, as well as from WWII and Afghanistan,” he said. “This coin also includes a silver snuffbox of President Andrew Jackson.”
Another room focuses on vintage Lancaster items.
“We have a loom that we are having redone, old quilts from the 1850s and even a rope bed,” he says.
The next room features artifacts from the Buford Massacre, as well as flags from the 1800s.
“We have the Militia Flag of 1841,” Grier said, “as well as the 1861-1865 battle flags for the Lancaster Invincibles which were flown in probably more battles than any other flag in the interstate war. .”
The fourth room features the history of Springs plants and artifacts from local legends.
“We have the Maurice Williams album cover and the Zodiacs hit ‘Stay’,” Grier said. “We have an autographed photo of Cedric Mingo, and we have Jimbo Howey’s NFL uniform.”
Mingo won the IBF Intercontinental Featherweight crown in 1990, and five years later captured the WBF Featherweight title. Howey served as a National Football League referee from 1999 to 2017.
Upon reopening, information about a new interactive room for children in the museum will be shared.
Historical Commission secretary Ann Christie said the commission was creating a new organization – The Friends of Lancaster Historical Museum – and was looking for “history-loving” volunteers who would like to “help keep alive Lancaster History” through the Historical Museum.
“We are looking for people who want to do historical research, help with office work, help with museum staging and organize tours,” she said. “The organization of the Friends of Lancaster Historical Museum is key to being able to be more open. Volunteers are greatly needed and appreciated.
The museum is located in the historic Lancaster County Courthouse at 100 N. Main St. in downtown Lancaster.
For more information about the open house or joining Friends of the Lancaster Historical Museum, visit the Historical Museum’s Facebook page or email [email protected]