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Did You Know…The Story Behind Those Odd Named Towns?


The Holidays are now upon us all and we thought it would be fun to share some great ‘table talk’ with you. As residents of beautiful Lancaster County, it is likely we are all very familiar with the funny and sometimes odd town names that you find around here (Intercourse, Blue Ball, Paradise, Bird-In-Hand the usual suspects you know), but have you heard of these lesser known, odd community names?  Burnt Mills, Falmouth, Ono, Lickdale. Well, we couldn’t dig up a good story for you on those, but here is some enlightening background info on a few of them. Enjoy!

Blue Ball – Originally named Earl Town, it changed to Blue Ball officially in 1833 after a hotel at the same location, the Blue Ball Inn. During Prohibition, the Inn changed its name to Blue Ball Hotel. The old Inn was torn down in 1997. 

Intercourse – The Amish Village of Intercourse was named by George Brungard in 1813. During this time period, the term “Intercourse” referred to commercial or trading locations. Prior to that, it was known as the village of Cross Keys starting in 1754, named after a tavern established the same year.

Peach Bottom – This village got its name in 1815 from a settler named John Kirk who was a peach orchard owner.

Some other odd town names, outside of Lancaster County:

Jugtown –  Located West over in Franklin County, it is said this town was named for booze and/or pottery.

Pillow – Located in Dauphin County, the village was named after General Gideon Pillow.

Rough and Ready – Located in Schuylkill County and named for a ‘California Gold Rush’ town.

Jersey Shore – This Lycoming County town was originally named Waynesburg by the Manning brothers, who settled the town around 1785. Another settlement: Nippenose Township, arose on the eastern side of the Western Branch of the Susquehanna River around that same time, and of course a rivalry was born. The Mannings had come from New Jersey, and the eastern shore residents started referring to the Waynesburg settlement as the “Jersey shore.” In 1826, the name was officially changed to Jersey Shore.


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You Might Be From Lancaster, PA if…..

Just like many small towns and beautiful areas across this great land, Lancaster has its own unique quirks, phrases and places. Most local residents don’t even think twice about these and when we do, it’s always good for a laugh. We LOVE Lancaster!

You might be from Lancaster if…..

-Someone has asked you if you are Amish when you say where you’re from.

-Pie as a main course dish is totally normal. Chicken pot pie, spaghetti pie, cheeseburger pie….you name it!

-You know that real “chicken pot pie” has nothing to do with a pie.

-You think of a shopping mall and not skiing when you hear the words “park city.”

-You know what a mud sale is.

-You are a manure expert. By smell alone, you can tell whether it came from a cow, pig or chicken!

-The verb “to be” has been eliminated from your vocabulary. You see nothing wrong with the sentence “The laundry needs done.”

-You know that Long Johns are something you eat for breakfast, not wear to bed.

-You’ve bought roadside produce with an “honor box.”

-You know how to correctly pronounce Lancaster….it’s Lang-Kiss-ter not Lan-cast-er!

-You know what dippy eggs are.

-You pronounce the “roots” in Roots Market differently than the roots of a tree.

-You adamantly believe that doplic is a word…doesn’t everyone use it?

-You’ve been late for something because you got stuck behind a tractor or a horse and buggy.

-Your school district has off for the first day of hunting season and you have a ‘drive your tractor to school’ day.

-You know that a Wilbur Bud trumps a Hershey Kiss any day of the week.

-You’ve engaged in the age-old Turkey Hill vs Sheetz debate and have an addiction to Turkey Hill Iced Tea.

-You know the difference between an Amish and a Mennonite person.

-You know that Shady Maple is the smorgasbord to end all smorgasbords!

-You don’t even think twice about towns named Intercourse, Blue Ball and Paradise.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Top 3 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump in Lancaster

Even though I’ve lived here most of my life, sometimes I need a little reminder and a nudge to revisit some of the great places close by!

We’re there, aren’t we? July is gone and you all know what that means: summer vacation is drawing to an end, the boredom, bickering and whining has set in (probably a while ago) and school hasn’t started yet. Sometimes we just settle into the same old daily rut and all we really need is to change things up a bit.

I find myself surprised at how all of our attitudes change for the better when I take the time to be intentional about getting out of the house and explore one of the many sights or experiences Lancaster has to offer! Even though I’ve lived here most of my life, sometimes I need a little reminder and a nudge to revisit some of the great places close by!

In case you’re feeling the summer slump like me, here’s the 4 top ideas of local things to do that’ll keep the kids/grandkids (and yourself) entertained.

1. Check out your local library! 



The Lancaster Library system is such an underrated resource for young families! Not only can you and your children stock up on books to read for a week or two, but there are also SO many fantastic activities and programs available. I think many local families are simply unaware of the incredible amount of free programs and events offered through the local libraries! They host weekly programs such as parachute and duplo playtime for toddlers, movie nights for families, book clubs just for tweens, reading time with dogs, and more! Sign your children up for the summer reading program while you’re there to earn coupons and free tickets as they read.

2. Try out a new park, playground or biking trail

One of my favorite things about this area is great outdoor recreation options we have at our disposal! Some of our family favorites are: The River Trail Daniel’s Den in Manor Township, the Safe Harbor playground and walking trail, and Oregon Dairy’s play area. Two relatively new playgrounds that we are excited about are the new Long’s Park playground and the Amos Herr Dream Park. Go here to see our blog post on great biking trails around Lancaster County.

Also, Take a look at this entire category of blog posts totally devoted to ‘Just For Fun’ in Lancaster County

And finally…3. spend a little bit of money

We can’t say enough about these local places, so check them out for yourself:


Tiny Town
Turkey Hill Experience
*Hands On House
*The Science Factory
Go N Bananas
Big Dreams Creative Arts Studio

I saw something going around recently on social media reminding parents that you only have 18 summers with your kids before they’re off into the world. Make the most of them!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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The Tree House, Lititz – A Playground for Everyone!

The Tree House playground in Lititz is a spectacular, community designed, play space for children of all abilities. Just around the corner from Lititz Springs Park near Warwick High School, The Tree House playground has an incredible ‘community story’. In 2018, ‘Play By Design’ unveiled their vision of what was to be built, based upon the input and feedback from the surrounding Lititz community.

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Over the next 2 years the necessary funds were raised. Finally, across 2 weeks in September of 2020, over 550 community volunteers came together for construction, making ‘the dream a reality’. For more info, visit their site: http://www.treehouselititz.com

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Community Support Opportunity:

Today, there is an ongoing group of around 10 volunteers who do daily walk-throughs of the playground: picking up trash, emptying trash cans, checking for needed repairs and damage, etc. Thanks to the volunteer crew, this great play space stays clean and safe for everyone to enjoy all year long. If you happen to see them while you are at the playground, be sure to let them know you appreciate them.

If you would be interested in joining the volunteer crew, you can message them or message me and we will get you connected!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Three Years in a Row!

There are so many things to look forward to when Fall is just around the corner Playoff baseball should be at the top of your list, when it comes to great fall activities! Our own Lancaster Barnstormers’ home field, Clipper Magazine Stadium, has again won the prestigious title of “Best Independent Ballpark of the Year”!  This well earned distinction is the third year in a row as voted by the readers (the fans) of Ballpark Digest.  Also, this is a perfect time to get over there and get acquainted: tickets for the playoff season go on sale this week, on Tuesday Sept 6th!

Clipper Magazine Stadium, Home of the Lancaster Barnstormers!
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If you’re not a huge baseball fan, get to know the home of the Barnstormers!  It is a fantastic way to spend a summer evening.  Even if you’re not a fan of the heat, even if baseball isn’t your thing, I can promise your time at the stadium will be fun and memorable!

Clipper Magazine Stadium beat out several other ballparks in the same category.  The Barnstormers stadium opened officially in 2005 and belongs to the Atlantic League, whose corporate headquarters are here: Clipper Magazine Stadium!  The Atlantic league must maintain minimum stadium standards at AAA level or higher.  Winning this distinctive award against other ballparks at the same level means our venue isn’t only known for great baseball and is well above the minimum requirements. 

Once there, you’ll see that extra amenities and features abound.  Your children won’t sit through 9 innings of baseball?  Neither did mine. Go visit the state-of-the-art Kids’ Park complete with inflatables and a carousel.  There’s even a special dugout for nursing mothers.  Entertain the seventh inning “stretch” with the backyard viewing area, where you can also play lawn games like Cornhole, and an entire Outdoor Experience area!  Where else can you play table games like Jenga while watching baseball, or celebrate a Barnstormers grand slam while soaking up the nostalgia in the vintage pinball arcade?

Looking for more food and drink options? There’s the Hess Barbecue Picnic Area, and the Broken Bat Craft Beer Deck!  Anyone who knows Lancaster knows our craft beer brewers are the best around.

Besides a leisurely evening watching America’s National Pastime, the stadium hosts various other events you can attend throughout the year!  There’s the Christmas Spirit Drive-Through Light Show, Valour Professional Wrestling, the FREE Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd, kickball leagues, movie nights, baseball/softball camps, and job fairs.

Barnstormers’ president and general manager Mike Reynolds had this to say about the stadium’s success:

“We owe a special debt of gratitude to our year-round staff, our sponsors, community partners, ownership and the fans,” Mike said.  “A special shout out to our incredible event staff and volunteer program through the United Way of Lancaster County that work hard to provide the best experience too all visitors of Clipper Magazine Stadium…  Every day we strive to make this the best ballpark we possibly can.”

Mission accomplished, Mike! I plan on attending more games this year and I hope to see you there, too!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Top Playgrounds and Parks in Lancaster County

As summer winds down and autumn is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the great weather in the upcoming days. Lancaster County is full of amazing parks and playgrounds for families to utilize. Here’s an overview of some of the best!

The Treehouse Lititz – One of the newest playgrounds in Lancaster County, more than 550 volunteers finished construction of the playground in September 2020. Here you will find an abundance of Tree-themed climbing structures and features like a boat with a rocking floor. The Treehouse Lititz also has some additional features not found in other playgrounds: wheelchairs can roll right onto a Liberty Swing as well as onto an inclusive ‘spinner’ (a.k.a. merry-go-round) that’s flush with the ground. There is also a ‘double’ zip line here! One side has the common sit-on disc, the other with a chair.

Amos Herr Dream Park – An impressive, fully accessible playground located in Landisville, PA that has something for kids of all ages…even a zipline! The playground is divided into two age appropriate playground areas. Just outside the playground is a large open field, a walking track, and other great amenities.

Longs Park – Longs Park is an 80 acre park located just outside of Lancaster City that contains a lake, petting zoo, pavilions and several playgrounds. Construction just completed on a brand new playground to replace the old wooden one. Lots of fun for kids of all ages!

Oregon Dairy Playground –  A farm themed playground with animals to see as well as a large deck to enjoy hand dipped ice cream.

Safe Harbor Park – A playground and picnic areas along the Conestoga River in Conestoga, PA. This is an open and natural area great for those located in the Southern End of Lancaster County.

Overlook Park – Two age appropriate playground areas and climbing structures in the Overlook complex in Manheim Township. Walking paths, dog parks, mini golf, a public library, a public pool and more are also in the same complex!

Musser Park – A large grassy area and playground nestled in downtown Lancaster on the southwest corner of East Chestnut and North Lime Street. 

Swingsets Lancaster – Swingsets Lancaster is a facility that sells handcrafted, Amish swing sets and playgrounds. “The Playground” is located at their facility in Strasburg, PA and has numerous swing sets set up for the public to enjoy for free! 

Daniels Den – A fully accessible playground located at Manor Church in Manor Township. The playground is fully enclosed by a fence and has two age appropriate play areas. There’s also a 1/2 mile walking trail, sports fields and pavilion for everyone to enjoy.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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The “Dog Days” of Summer

It’s almost August, and at this point in the summer many of us have already taken beach trips, mountain and lake excursions, and even some international adventures by now.  I don’t know about you, but when August rolls around I find myself wondering:  What in the world do we do with the rest of the summer?!  This is especially true when you have kids home from school. 

You’ve been to Dutch Wonderland already, as magical as it is, and maybe you’ve even been to Hershey Park a few times.  But there’s a reason this time of year is often referred to as “The Dog Days of Summer”.  Most of us are lounging like our canine friends, tired of the heat and getting antsy for activity.

The good news is that Lancaster has absolutely no shortage of late-summer activities and entertainment, and there’s plenty available for families with children, too!  We know some of the hidden gems you haven’t seen yet, and we’re only too happy to share.

For starters, are you dreading the heat each day?  As I type, the weather forecast for the next 5 days in Lancaster says the highs are in the 90s, and you know in central PA it’s not a dry heat!  What better way to spend these days at than at Sickman’s Mill, floating down the river?

Sickman’s Mill

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https://www.sickmansmill.com/: The “Dog Days” of Summer

Nestled between Willow Street and the Susquehanna River in Pequea, PA, Sickman’s Mill  has perfect summer fun!  Tubing, live music, and a hang out spot called Jimmy’s Place, where you’ll find the finest brews and spirits, sandwiches and even an array of food trucks that visit the Mill.  The tubing is family-friendly, with a shuttle that runs from Downtown Lancaster every hour on the hour directly to the Mill: you can’t go wrong.

Long’s Park

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If you’re looking for fun closer to the City, or for your smaller kiddos, look no further than Long’s Park.  They’re celebrating the Amphitheater’s 60th anniversary this year, and there’s a host of live-music events left for the summer!  Not only that, but the playground was completely redone in 2018 and has fun features galore for small kids, including: sensory toys, puzzles, educational stations with  sound and playable chimes!  There are also plenty of physical activities for older kids, too.

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Check out the Long’s Park Summer Music Series schedule for the rest of the summer here:

https://www.longspark.org/: The “Dog Days” of Summer

Big Boy Brass at Tellus 360

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Maybe more music is definitely what you’re looking for to fill the summer evenings with a fun, cool twist.  Check out Big Boy Brass, a Lancaster-based all brass band punching out fun, energetic New Orleans-style brass music with added rock, funk and pop influences.  The band started out in 2016 playing on the street corners of Downtown Lancaster and ended up playing at various venues in and around the city, developing their own unique sound.  To me, it is the perfect way to round out a summer night! 

Check out their schedule below:

https://www.facebook.com/BigBoyBrassBand/: The “Dog Days” of Summer


You can also catch them on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month on the Rooftop at Tellus360 from 6-8 pm!

This is just a snippet of the many “Dog Days of Summer” events in Lancaster, and you won’t find a better place to be with your families and friends.  Enjoy!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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SUNDAY NIGHTS IN LANCASTER

Ready to think about finding your perfect home in Lancaster? If you are curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

It’s Sunday! Are you someone who likes to stay in and relax on a Sunday night, or go out and soak up every last second of your weekend? It depends for me, but if my family is all together we like to go out and explore what’s happening in our town!

Here are 3 of the best things to do in Lancaster on a Sunday night:

1. LIVE MUSIC ON THE TELLUS 360 ROOFTOP

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I love live music, especially in the summer! If you want to hear great, local live music, head to the rooftop of Tellus and enjoy one of their craft cocktails as you listen. You can also take in the gorgeous skyline of Lancaster, and if you’re lucky, catch a sunset!

2. LIVE MUSIC IN LONG PARK

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If you are looking for something more laid-back, head over to Longs Park for their summer music series in the park. Pack your picnic blanket or chairs, some bubbly and maybe charcuterie, and sprawl out on the lawn while listening to great live music. What else could you want on a summer evening?!

3. ANTIQUE-ING

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If live music isn’t your thing, antique-ing is a great thing to do on a Sunday…especially in our area (is that a little random or what?!). Our neighboring town, Adamstown, is actually the Antiques Capital of the US. There are over 20 shops and hundreds of vendors offering unique, eclectic finds. Sunday rambles are the best- get in your car and just stop at whatever antique store catches your eye.  You never know what treasures you may find!

How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!

SUMMER BUCKET LIST – For the family

Ready to think about finding your perfect home in Lancaster? If you are curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

It is finally SUMMER!!! In order to make sure we do each and everything we want, my family makes a list every summer. We did the work for you this year…our PRINTABLE summer bucket list is below, highlighting what we think are the top things to do before September hits. BONUS: it’s all for the family and all kid approved!

  • Pick strawberries – at none other than our favorite, Shenk’s Berry Farm. This post highlights everything you need to know about picking strawberries & raspberries.
  • Hershey Park – chocolate world, huge waterpark, awesome rollercoasters…what more do we need to say?!
  • Central Market – one of the most iconic spots in Lancaster. A fun morning activity to stroll and shop around. Read our post highlighting some of the stands at Market here.
  • Mt. Gretna – our hidden oasis in the mountains! Only about 30 minutes from downtown, if you want to escape to the shady mountains this is the place to go. This post shares everything you need to know.
  • Kayaking – a fun activity that also gets you in nature! We always try to do this at least once a summer. This post shares our favorite kayak spot and company.
  • First Friday – if you want to experience the energy of downtown Lancaster, go to First Friday! It’s offered year round, but the town really comes alive during the summer. We talk about it here.

Does your family love any of these activities too? Are there any others you make sure to do each summer? Let us know in the comments!

How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Central Market Super Stands

Searching for your perfect home in Lancaster? If you are curious about homes that are currently on the market, our website is a great spot to start your search!

I know you’ve heard of Central Market, you might have even been a few times! I love spending a leisurely Saturday morning here, enjoying the Christmas carols in the winter and the fresh flowers and produce in the summer. Below are some stands that we recommend trying on your next visit!

Amaranth Bakery – gluten free baked goods for the GF person in your life (actually anyone…they are delicious!)

Amish Family Recipes – you have to check it out, there are dozens of jams, salsas, pickled veggies, soups, biscotti, and stroopies…a unique taste of Lancaster.

Central Market Flowers – owned by Perfect Pots, who we featured last week. They offer a variety of seasonal blooms, buds, and greens, many of which are grown in their Strasburg greenhouse. They have you covered with everything from single stems to a lovely ready-made bouquet.

Christina’s Criollo – a unique taste of Puerto Rican classic dishes. Each dish comes from her family recipes, going generations back. Her empanadas are a staple at Market.

Crowded Kitchen – stop by here next time you are making a homemade pot of soup. They sell broths and stocks, or ready made soups.

Grasshopper’s Wicked Pickles – I love pickles, so I will be stopping by here! They have 18 flavors of pickles, all “cold packed” so they are never subjected to hear, thus making them crisper than jarred pickles. Can’t wait to try!

These are just a few of the many, many wonderful stands our Central Market offers. What’s your favorite stand there?