The Cornwall Manor Retirement Community has got a lot of history on its campus.

On Tuesday, July 9, a presentation entitled “Historic Sites on the Cornwall Manor Campus” will be held in the Freeman Hall Auditorium on the campus, beginning at 7:00pm.

Henry Deemer will detail the history of landmarks on the Manor grounds, including the Buckingham Mansion and many other points of interest. Deemer is a Manor resident and former schoolteacher, tour guide, and travel consultant; he currently serves as a chairperson on the Cornwall Manor Activities Committee. In addition to these duties, Deemer conducts tours throughout Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, educating residents on the history and culture of local areas.

Some of the additional highlights of the presentation include the connection between a Manor building and the country’s first gasoline automobile manufacturer, the lives (and deaths) of slaves that worked on the grounds, and a landmark intriguingly described as a “huge sandstone doggie water bowl.”

The iconic Margaret C. Buckingham Mansion at Cornwall Manor. Portions of the building date to the Revolutionary War.

The presentation is open to the public, and admission is free. Freewill monetary gifts are graciously welcomed, and go towards funding the lecture series.

The lecture is sponsored by The Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace, a non-profit group that “supports and maintains the preservation, interpretation, curatorial, and educational programs at Cornwall Iron Furnace.” If you’d like to become a member, sign up using this form.

For more information, call 717-272-9711 or visit the Cornwall Iron Furnace website. More historical information on the Manor can be found at the Manor blog.

Josh Groh is a Cornwall native and writer who began reporting for LebTown in 2019. He continued to regularly contribute to LebTown while earning a degree in environmental science at Lebanon Valley College, graduating in 2021. Since then, he has lead conservation crews in Colorado and taken on additional...


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