East Petersburg is a small borough in the heart of Pennsylvania. Nestled in the wheat and cornfields of Lancaster County, this close-knit community is steeped in history and is home to lofts, stone cottages, and colonial homes from every era along Main Street. The town is just as vibrant today as it was in the 19th century, offering visitors a glimpse of the past. In the 1700s, East Petersburg was an agricultural town, and the area was occupied by farmers, traders, and merchants. During the 19th century, the borough became a manufacturing mecca, boasting the Lancaster Cotton Mill and Shops and the East Petersburg Woolen Mill along the railroad tracks. Information can be found here.
The Gemberling House is one of East Petersburg’s oldest structures. Built in 1840, located at the corners of Main and Washington Streets, the Gemberling family owned the home for generations. The property remained in the family until 169, when it was sold to the Borough of East Petersburg. The home provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of early settlers. See here for information about Millersville in PA: A University Town with History and Charm.
Another historic home is the Friends Meeting House, located off College Avenue. Built-in 1795, this brick Georgian-style house was constructed as a meeting house for members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It features a two-story main section, a wraparound porch, and a two-story, two-bay addition. Tours of the house are available, and visitors can learn about East Petersburg’s history.