Loving Life in Lititz
“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.”
— Abraham Lincoln
Residents of Lititz share one thing in common: they love it here. An historic small-town in Lancaster County full of charm, Lititz was named America’s Coolest Small Town in 2013 by Budget Travel. Lititz also was awarded the Distinctive Destination/National Trust of Historic Preservation award. And it’s easy to see why.
Living in the town of Lititz, a fulfilling retirement lifestyle awaits you. Stroll into town to watch a parade. Take in the festivities of Second Fridays, the Fire & Ice Festival, Artisans’ Porchwalk, the Lititz Craft Show, Chocolate Walk or one of the nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebrations. Browse through a variety of quaint shops. Take a class at the recCenter. Kick back at a local brewpub or at our own Owl’s Nest Restaurant & Sippery. Lititz also is home to Wilbur’s Chocolate Factory Store and Museum and Sturgis Pretzel, America’s first pretzel bakery. Lititz and Moravian Manor Communities—two hearts sharing the beat of vitality.
On a historical note, Lititz was established in 1756 by the Moravian Church as an exclusive religious community until 1855, when the town welcomed people of all religious creeds. The town played an active role in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Industrial Revolution, and served as an early musical, educational, and commercial hub.
Nearby Lancaster city also creates a draw for both locals and tourists, with its own intriguing heritage dating back to colonial times. Antique and handcraft shops, upscale retail stores, a variety of unique restaurants, plus historic buildings and monuments line the classic downtown Penn Square. The Central Market, the country’s oldest farmers market, comes alive Tuesdays and Fridays as farmers, bakers and butchers sell their goods. One block away is the Fulton Theatre/Opera House, America’s oldest theater in continuous operation. Built in 1852, performers here included the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, Sarah Bernhardt, and Al Jolson.
Explore more about the energy, culture, and heart of Lititz and Lancaster City. You also can take a digital walk around our Area Map, which highlights a sampling of local establishments to support your lifestyle and keep you active and healthy.