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History of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Learn the history of Lancaster, PA.

Learn the history of Lancaster, PA.

The history of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is rich and varied, dating back to the earliest parts of modern American history. It was originally called Hickory Town, but was renamed after the English city of Lancaster. The city was laid out by James Hamilton in 1734 and incorporated as a borough in 1742 and as a city in 1818.

During the Revolutionary War, Lancaster was actually the capital of the United States for one day—September 27, 1777—when the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia on their way to York, Pennsylvania.

Lancaster can also claim to be home to the first paved road in the country, the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, which is part of U.S. Route 30 today. Several notable early Americans called Lancaster home including Thaddeus Stevens, Robert Fulton, and President James Buchanan’s Wheatland estate is located here.

As America was expanding, Lancaster played an important role by producing the famous Conestoga wagon that many pioneers used to settle the American frontier. In 1803, Lancaster native Andrew Ellicott also helped train Meriwether Lewis in surveying techniques before Lewis headed out on the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Today, Lancaster is a great place to live, work, and visit and celebrates its rich history and culture every day.

Lancaster County Festivals and Fairs in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

List of Lancaster County Festivals

List of Lancaster County Festivals

Lancaster County is home to a host of fairs and festivals throughout the summer. From Renaissance Fairs to Independence Day celebrations, there are Lancaster County festivals and fairs for everyone.

Celebrate Lancaster, the annual celebration of cultural diversity in Lancaster, will take place on June 24 and will feature music, food vendors, drinks, and fireworks.

The Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction will also take place on June 24 and 25 in Bird-in-Hand, which raises money for the town’s fire company, and a similar event will happen in Refton.

July will see the Terre Hill Days Festival in Terre Hill from the 14th to the 17th, and on Saturday the 16th a Home and Craft Fair will be held in Landisville. The same day, the North Museum of Nature and Science will hold the STEAM Carnivale in Lancaster, which aims to inspire kids with both science and art.

The Renaissance Fair will go on from August into October, and the Reading Fair in Reading will happen over a week in August from the 7th to the 13th. These are just a few of this summer’s Lancaster County events, so no matter when you’re here, you’ll find something fun to do!

Things to Do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

List of Things to do in Lancaster

List of Things to do in Lancaster

Lancaster County is best known for its huge Amish population, but there are a lot of things to do here besides buy cheese in Amish Country (not that Amish Country cheese isn’t worth the trip). Whether you live here or you’re planning to visit, check out these fun things to do in Lancaster.

The American Music Theater is a wonderful place to go when you’re in the area. This year, you can catch the American Music Theater Crooners Show, in which singers perform hits from iconic crooners. The Fulton Theater is another interesting spot to visit—restored from the 1800s, it hosts a variety of performances, including dance troupes.

If you have kids, you have to spend some time at Dutch Wonderland, a family amusement park, or the Caribbean Indoor Water Park. Then there’s Central Market, the best place around to buy food—the produce is super fresh and everything is grown naturally. A market may not seem like a tourist stop, but visitors and residents alike can spend whole days eating their way through the place.

And if you’re interested, take some time to learn about the Mennonite culture at the Mennonite Information Center and the Amish Farm and House Tour.

The History of the Nissan Altima: From Bluebird to Now

Step into the history of the Nissan Altima.

Step into the history of the Nissan Altima.

The Nissan Altima is one of the most popular models to come from the brand, offering a mid-size feel that drivers can’t get enough of. The Nissan Altima is small and sporty, ideal for both urban and highway driving. Plus, this model looks incredible. We’ve put together a post on the history of the Nissan Altima to demonstrate just how great this model truly is.

According to the NADA Guide, the Nissan Altima is now known for its range of features and amenities, its smooth ride, and its reliable engineering. Most drivers who get behind the wheel of the 2016 Nissan Altima are looking for a touch of sophistication, tons of gadgets, and something that will last longer than competitors’ models.

The Nissan Altima was first offered in 1992, though it is actually based on the Bluebird design that dates back to 1957. Known as Nissan’s most internationally recognized model, the Bluebird was designed to be the everyman’s car. The Nissan Altima carries on the tradition, offering tons of great features at an affordable price.

There are five generations of the Nissan Altima, including the compact model first introduced in 1992 with a 150-horsepower engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. The second and third generations added a little flair, offering more engine options and up to 260 horsepower. The fourth generation gave us the basic look of the current Nissan Altima, while the fifth generation has a fuel efficient 270-horsepower engine.

Check out the new 2016 Nissan Altima by stopping by Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA today.

A Legacy of Athleticism: The History of the Nissan Maxima

Learn the history of the Nissan Maxima here!

Learn the history of the Nissan Maxima here!

For drivers who want performance in their ride, but don’t want to buy a supercar, the next best thing is the Nissan Maxima. This model first appeared in late 1980 under the nameplate Datsun Nissan Maxima, replacing the Datsun 810. Though it hasn’t always been as sleek as it is now, the Nissan Maxima has quickly become one of America’s most popular sedans. Read on to discover the history of the Nissan Maxima.

According to Edmunds, the Nissan Maxima was introduced because the brand was looking for something with broad appeal, something everyone could enjoy.  The square first-generation model came as a sedan and station wagon, with a 2.4-liter engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. Families loved the roominess and affordability of this model, marking it as a truly practical car.

Second- and third-generation Nissan Maxima models became a little sleeker, but still retained that boxy 1980s look. By 1988 the third-generation Nissan Maxima has a 3.0-liter engine and two transmissions, becoming a popular mid-size sedan for the masses. Little changes over the next few years, though the fifth, sixth, and seventh generation models began to resemble the current model year, also offering more powerful engines and advanced technologies.

The current eighth-generation is unlike any previous model years. An aggressive fascia comes with a boldly redesigned grille, a lighter weight, an available 3.5-liter engine that cranks out 300 horsepower, and tons of entertainment options. If you love sporty design and speed, you want the new Nissan Maxima.

Amazing Nissan March Sales Mark Greatest Month of All Time

Nissan March Sales are reportedly the best ever.

Nissan March Sales are reportedly the best ever.

The automotive industry has surely seen success so far in 2016, but no automaker can argue that they’ve had better success than Nissan.

In fact, Nissan North American just announced that March was their biggest sales month of all time, selling 163,559 different cars and trucks, with the 2017 Nissan Titan and the 2016 Nissan Sentra leading the pack.

Sales of the new Nissan Titan pickup rose by 22 percent – even though there is only a V8, diesel engine-powered version available – and sales of the Sentra increased by 23 percent over the course of the month.

Keep in mind, these sales have occurred despite the fact that Nissan has been reporting tight numbers with their inventory, with popular models such as the Nissan Rogue highly in demand.

At Lancaster Nissan, we can’t exactly say that we’re shocked by the Nissan March sales, well aware of just how strong the current Nissan lineup truly is. To see for yourself, contact us or visit us anytime, to see what we have in store.

Easy Ways to Increase Your Fuel Economy and Save Money

Tips on how to increase your fuel economy.

Tips on how to increase your fuel economy.

Gas prices may be low, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t save even more money by improving your vehicle’s gas mileage. Here are some easy tips to increase your fuel economy:

  • Drive slowly. Not only is it safer to drive at lower speeds, but also, it’s remarkably more efficient. Studies show that you can save 2-4 miles per gallon, just by driving at 60 mph instead of 70 mph.
  • Turn off your car whenever possible. If you’re waiting to pick someone up, find yourself stuck behind a train, etc., you’re wasting fuel by leaving your vehicle on.
  • Empty out your trunk. The heavier your car is, the most gasoline it uses – so all that luggage from vacation is, in fact, hurting your wallet.
  • Clean out your air filter. It may seem surprising, but this does affect your fuel efficiency. The inner mechanisms of your vehicle cannot work efficiently, if they’re being held back by debris.

For more tips and ideas to improve your driving experience, visit us anytime at Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.

A Glow-In-The-Dark Nissan JUKE Makes an Appearance in Australia

The Nissan JUKE just got even better - glow-in-the-dark Nissan JUKE!

The Nissan JUKE just got even better – glow-in-the-dark Nissan JUKE!

A special version of the Nissan JUKE recently made an appearance in Melbourne, Australia much to the excitement of several local artists. In fact, this JUKE was glow-in-the-dark. You heard right. Nissan recently developed two models wrapped in a special skin, a distinct look that served as a canvas for a range of street artists.

According to Nissan, the glow-in-the-dark Nissan JUKE caused quite a stir at the White Night celebrations, a festival in Melbourne dedicated to local street artists. The JUKE models served as a canvas for artists to add black paint to, demonstrating their impressive talent. Onlookers could join in or simply watch, creating a unique collaborative atmosphere.

“Our initial impression when we saw the JUKE was it had snake-like characteristics,” said Josh Meyer and Josh Brown, local artists. “The grill, headlights and long smooth lines resonated immediately with us. We decided to create a series of snakes that traced the shapes and features of the JUKE. We utilized negative space, so that the snakes were glowing, and everything else would be blacked out.”

The two cars were turned into separate designs, “Snake Wrap” by Meyer and Brown, as well as “Journey to the West” by Chris Le. These distinct designs were on display throughout the festival, and they may just make a tour later in the year. Nissan has supported the Melbourne festival since 2013, and plans on continuing its unique sponsorship.

Say Goodbye to Winter: Spring Car Cleaning Tips

With these tips get your spring car cleaning done right!

With these tips get your spring car cleaning done right!

Warm weather is right around the corner, and it has even appeared in some places around the country. That means it is time for spring car cleaning, the one time of year for driver’s to detail their cars from bumper to bumper. Although it is better to clean your car as often as possible, doing a detailed job once a year can increase resale value and make driving more enjoyable.

The first thing to do, according to Fox News, is to clean the underbody. Salt, dirt, and even sand accrue in the winter, leading to corrosion if you are not quick to remove it. If your local car wash doesn’t have an underbody option, simply hose off the bottom of your car, lifting it off the ground as much as possible. Do not use soap – simply spray it clean.

Get the hard to reach places. Make sure to scrub the bottoms and edges of the doors, under door handles, and clean window channels. When you are finished cleaning your car, give it a wax and apply silicone spray where necessary to add an extra protective layer.

Always replace wiper blades in the spring. Winter does serious damage to your wipers, making it essential to get new ones. Also, take this time to top off your washer fluid, and consider applying RainX or any other rain-resistant formula.

Finally, top off fluids and check tires. Ok, this isn’t exactly cleaning, but it is standard vehicle maintenance. Make sure you are not running low on oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic brake fluid, coolant, or power steering fluid. (Low brake fluid may mean it is time for new brake pads.) Make sure there are no uneven wear patterns or bulges on your tires, and check the pressure.

Prevent Your Car From Getting Stuck in the Mud or Snow

Tips to prevent your car from getting stuck.

Tips to prevent your car from getting stuck.

Whether you’re finally about to arrive at work or are just about to leave the house, few things are more frustrating than realizing that your car is stuck in mud or snow, unable to gain the necessary traction for lift-off.

It can be a problem for any driver, even if you don’t plan to park outdoors. You just never know when you’re going to find yourself stuck, especially when headed somewhere new. Make sure you know how to prevent your car from getting stuck with these tips.

We recommend that you keep a lightweight yet strong shovel available in your trunk, as well as some sort of tarp or mat that you can hopefully use to free your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to consider snow tires or snow chains, which can prepare you ahead of time and hopefully prevent your car from getting stuck in the first place.

Whatever you do – don’t strain yourself and risk injury by trying to push the car, and when in doubt, call a professional! Learn more at Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.