Historic Linden Hall Girl’s School in Lititz

Linden Hall Girl's School in Lititz PennsylvaniaEvery month my husband and I like to take a day trip to a new location in Pennsylvania or within one of our boarding states. It’s a great way for us to still stay connected together as a couple (spending time together) and a few times every year we take our granddaughter along with us. We love building family memories together.

A few months ago we took a day trip down to Lititz in Pennsylvania. It’s about a 45 minute drive from our home. While on our day trip to Lititz we visited the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery & took a tour (it’s the oldest commercial pretzel bakery in America), visiting the Lititz Museum, the Wilbur Chocolate Store and then spent some time in the park.

Linden Hall Girl's School in Lititz Pennsylvania

Lititz is a beautiful small town in Pennsylvania that attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, so many of the tourists who are visiting Lancaster Amish Country, drive up to Lititz and spend some time there too.

Every time we visit a new small town…I’m always seeking out old churches and buildings. I love looking at them and seeing how they were built. I’m really attracted to Victorian, Colonial and the Gothic styles when I’m on the hunt to see them.

Nearby where we had parked for the day I noticed this gorgeous old building and had to walk over to check it out. I was surprised to find out that it was the historic Linden Hall All-Girl’s Boarding School and here’s what the historical marker (out front) had to say about it.

Linden Hall Girl's School in Lititz Pennsylvania

“Linden Hall – Oldest girls’ resident school in the United States. Founded in 1746 by the Moravian Church. Originally a day school, it has since 1794 drawn boarding students from a wide area. The school was chartered under its present name in 1863.”

I did some research online once we got home and learned that it’s a large campus now and this building was the first one on the property. The all-girls boarding school is still in operation and draws students from all around the world who want a college-prep type of education.

Anyway, I fell in-love with this old building and I think it’s absolutely beautiful. I saw some “gothic” and “colonial” influences to it’s style when I was walking around it. Trust me, it’s a gorgeous old building!!!

Do any of you enjoy looking at old buildings and old churches when you travel? If so, got any favorites?

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Comments

  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    You manage to find some interesting places when you go exploring. I would like to explore the Linden Hall girls school.

  2. Susan Hartman says:

    I love watching where you go. Living in New Jersey I very often can take advantage of your choices. These photos are beautiful.

  3. ellen beck says:

    I love olod buildings and always am drawn to them. I can see plenty of gothic in this structure! Imagine how different it was when girls first began going there- they were taught completely different subjects nothing like a college prep nowdays. Social graces would have been so different. The building is a beauty.

  4. Your photos are beautiful! Can’t you imagine the history and stories this campus holds and how many young women passed through the walls of this campus? My husband and I like to take day or weekend trips to local historical sites as well.

  5. I love looking at old churches and buildings when we travel. Their is a port town near us that does a Christmas Victorian House tour that I have been to a few times and it is so fascinating to see the restored homes and hear about the history of each home.

  6. Dana Rodriguez says:

    That is really beautiful. I love historic places like this.I really like that you and your husband take day trips to discover new local treasures. I think we should try this too!

    • Dana – I highly recommend it! It’s a great way to stay connected with one another, build memories today, de-stress and just have some fun. Taking little day trips around the state and even to small towns is a great way to just spend time together and do so in an affordable way. We like to save his vacation days for our big trips and do our day trips during the weekends. We love doing them and look forward to them every month.

  7. Thank you for sharing. This school is beautiful, and it’s incredible to see it stand strong since 1746. I really appreciate visiting places that have a rich history like this.

  8. Peggy Nunn says:

    I love seeing old building like that. I don’t do as much as you do but want to now. I love the idea of ta visit a place once a month. We live in the South where we should have plenty of historical places.

  9. Cathy Jarolin says:

    I love to see the Victorian style Homes.& Buildings they have always attracted me. The Linden Hall Girls School is Beautiful. I would love to see it in Person. I live in a small town of 4300 People. Its an old town and there are alot of Victorian homes on the main Street in town. I love them they have the wrap around porches on them. Just Beautiful. There are also many old churches here. One of the oldest has a really tall steeple. The down town shopping area is old too. Litlle ma and pa stores and a Bank right off the sidewalk into a Beautiful old bank. It has painted scenes all over its domed ceiling . The Barber shop still has its red ,white & blue Pole out front.

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