Histories & Mysteries

Vintage postcard of patriotic drummer child.

Food, Fistfights & Whiskey: Lancaster’s First Independence Day

Posted byMichael Johnson on Monday, Jul 03, 2023

Depending on the source, the year of Lancaster, Ohio’s first celebration was either 1800 or 1802. Historian Charles Goslin believes that 1802 is the more likely date because Lancaster was not laid out until the fall of 1800. However, George Sanderson was an eyewitness to the event and says it occurred in 1800. Either way, it occurred at the beginning of the 19th century on the west side of town and it was eventful! Read Michael Johnson’s story… Continue Reading Food, Fistfights & Whiskey: Lancaster’s First Independence Day

Historical marker at the former A.M.E. Church (now Allen Chapel Church) and photo of Scipio Smith, emancipated slave and founder of the original church in Lancaster, Ohio.

The Story of Scipio Smith

Posted byMichael Johnson on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

On Monday, May 29th, at 11 AM at the Allen Chapel, 221 Walnut Street, the City of Lancaster will celebrate the First Annual Scipio Smith Day, honoring a remarkable man who persevered through slavery and adversity to become the first black business owner and church founder in the City’s history. Continue Reading The Story of Scipio Smith