Early Transportation in the Southern End  

 

         In the 1800’s, modes of public transportation included horse-drawn carriages and stagecoaches to carry passengers and mail through the southern end of Lancaster County.  Travel was slow and the distance traveled each day was short. For instance, in the late 1860’s, stagecoaches carried passengers from Quarryville to Lancaster and back in one day, starting at 6:00 A.M., with an afternoon return pickup at 3:00 P.M.  Stagecoach lines continued until the early 1900’s but began to decline with the establishment of railroads in the southern end in the 1870’s. Many small towns in the southern end had small hotels or taverns in order to accommodate overnight guests on long journeys through the area as they traveled by stagecoach or wagon.   

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