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Downtown Heritage & Historic Southeast Lancaster

What to Expect!

  • Gain insight into the roots of civil rights activism & Black business pioneers

  • Discover the role of various City churches in the African American Experience

  • Explore sites in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

  • Visit the center of one of the largest National Historic Districts in America

Volunteer-Guided Tours


The guided walking tours of these heritage sites in downtown Lancaster, PA are conducted by volunteers. They will lead you through the city, highlighting our most significant historical sites and landmarks. It's an interactive and informative experience that's perfect for groups or individuals. 

























Admission Prices 

Adults $17

Seniors (62 & older) $10

Students (6–18 ) $5

Children under 6 FREE

Payment Process: 







We ARE NOT accepting Credit Card Payments outside of Paypal at this time.
We do accept Paypal, checks or money orders made payable to AAHS of SCPA and mailed to the address shown below.

Tour proceeds fund African American Historical Society programs and expenses

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The vice president of AAHSSCPA, Kathleen Anderson, speaking to a group of students about the life of her third great-great-grandfather, Thaddeus S. Henry. Photo Credit: Randolph Harris 

Historic Southeast Lancaster Tours

Heritage tours, which take place in the central business district, focus on older Lancaster African American history and the Underground Railroad.

Tour dates: May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2

First tour at 11 a.m.; Second tour at 2 p.m.

Meet: City of Lancaster Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, near Central Market

About two hours; no reservations

Sites include: Stevens & Smith Center for Democracy, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. James Church and Cemetery

The Southeast walking tours focus on Urban Renewal and Civil Rights in Lancaster.

Tour dates: May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10,
Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

First tour at 11 a.m.; second tour at 2 p.m.

Meet: Crispus Attucks Community Center, 407
Howard Ave.

About 1.5 hours; no reservations

Sites include: Charles Moton House, former
Conestoga Elks lodge, Urban Renewal marker

Visitor Resources 

Please email if you have questions before you begin your tour.

For more information and to download reports about these properties in the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, visit


Mural of Ida Mae Stewart Gantz and Olympic athlete Barney Ewell on North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA. Photo credit: Kyle Gamble, One United Lancaster 

Also working with the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania on this heritage tourism program, in addition to, City of Lancaster Office of Promotion, and Historic Lancaster Walking Tour, Inc. are the following supporters and collaborators: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society; and the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Foundation.

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