9/21/2023 UPDATE: Starting on Friday, September 22, 2023, a landscape construction project will start at Stauffer Park. The Stauffer Ludgate Trust has hired a landscape contractor to replace the hardscaped patio and walkway areas between Stauffer Mansion and the Carriage House. Additionally, trees and shrubs will be replaced and low-voltage landscape lighting will be installed. The project is estimated to take 8-10 weeks. A temporary handicap ramp will be installed on the South side of the mansion to accommodate access to the Mansion during construction. Anyone looking to access the Mansion is asked to park in the Southern parking lot that is accessed from Marshal Avenue to the South (Graphic below).
History: Stauffer Mansion was built in 1870 by John Frederick Sener, grandfather to Elizabeth Ludgate who in July 1975 willed her 16-acre estate to be deemed a public community park. Her will also asked for the formation of a 3-member trust that would help control financing and development of the park.
The Mansion is now home to the Recreation and Park Planning Department. Some features of the Mansion include high vaulted ceilings, large rooms perfect for meetings, an oak paneled den (now used as an office) and beautiful stained glass windows.
Situated right off of Lititz Pike the Mansion is visible from the road. Stop in to take a peek at this beautiful historic home. While there pick up some information about the Parks and Recreation seasonal programs and events.