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Lancaster Central Market’s History Fun Facts

CentralMarket_SliderImage_2August 3 – 9 is the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week! This is cause for celebration – Lancaster is lucky to be home to one of the world’s best markets, the Lancaster Central Market!

Lancaster Central Market is on the bucket list of every visitor to Lancaster City. Smack in the center of town, crowds of locals and visitors alike fill the historic building every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday for a cup of coffee, fresh vegetables and meats, or lunch.

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, here are some fun facts about the history of Lancaster Central Market:

In 1730, Andrew and James Hamilton designated a 120 foot square lot in the center of town for a public market, making Lancaster is a true market town.

Lancaster Central Market was initially an open space where farmers and others could set up shop.

There is evidence that there were more than 400 stands at one point.

Designed by architect James Warner, the current Romanesque Revival market house was built in 1889.

Though the interior of the market house appears different today than it did in 1889, there have been virtually no structural changes to the building itself.

Lancaster Central Market was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

In 1995, Lancaster Central Market was named one of the “Great Public Places” in America.

Many stands have been operated by multiple generations of the same family.

Currently, the oldest stand is the Stoner Family’s Vegetable stand, which has been open for 100 years. The Thomas Produce stand has been open for almost 80 years, and the Long’s Horseradish stand has been open for almost 60.

So whether you’re interested in the horseradish or the history, the Lancaster Central Market is worth a visit this National Farmers Market Week, or any week of the year!

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