In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln stopped at the train station in Hanover Junction on his way to Gettysburg to deliver his famous address. As a rail stop, Hanover Junction was an important commercial location at the time. As time went by, the economic importance of Hanover Junction waned and, eventually, this historic building fell into disrepair.
Fortunately, the York County Parks and Recreation Bureau saw the potential in this building because of its location along the popular York County Heritage Rail Trail. They solicited Murphy and Dittenhafer Architects to design renovations.
After structural renovations and painstaking attention to period detail, Lauer Construction gave this historic site a new life.
“We love to ride our bikes past the building where Abraham Lincoln spoke and know we played a small part in the preservation of this important piece of history.
York County’s Heritage Rail Trail County Park is one of our true gems, and the 3-story, all-wooden Hanover Junction Train Station is one of the most prominent historic structures on the 22-mile trail. Lauer Construction’s extensive experience in difficult historic restoration assured York County of an enduring opportunity to experience this piece of history.”
Thomas R. Brant
York County Department of Parks and Recreation