Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Sturgis Pretzel House to be Renovated

Sturgis Pretzel House to be Renovated

In 1784 Peter Sturgis built a lovely stone house at 219 East Main Street, Lititz.  In 1861, Julius Sturgis began baking pretzels at the house.  The Sturgis Pretzel House, now a Lititz landmark, is the oldest commercial pretzel bakery in the United States.

                           Sturgis Pretzel House

Lititz Improvement, Inc. has purchased the Pretzel House for renovation.  Managed by Dennis Beck, Lititz Improvement is a real estate investment group made up of civic-minded local investors who have purchased and renovated several Lititz buildings in the past.

Modern rest facilities are planned so that the Pretzel House can accommodate bus tours.  Lititz Improvement, Inc. plans to reopen the Pretzel house for business as an operating museum in the near future.  The Sturgis Pretzel House will once again continue to be, along with the Wilbur Chocolate Factory, one of the many historic attractions that bring visitors to Lititz every year from all over the eastern states.



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Comment balloon 2 commentsBrian Schulman • June 14 2007 11:34AM


Thank you for providing the useful inforamtion regarding the Sturgis pretezel house.  Is there a projected date for it to reopen?  Why wasn't this renovation began and or completed prior to the tourist season?  We were diappointed that it was not open during a family visit to the area
Posted by Christine Light almost 12 years ago
Christine, I'm sorry you and your family didn't get to tour the Sturgis Pretzel House during your trip.  I don't know the exact date it's scheduled to reopen, but they wanted to do it as soon as possible.  I understand it will be later this year.  The restoration is being undertaken by a private group with private money, with the goal of restoring and improving historic properties in Lititz.  I don't think the tourist season was really a primary consideration.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 12 years ago