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.