Lancaster is the county seat and commercial center for Lancaster County, one of the nation's richest agricultural regions. It is also an important manufacturing center. The nation's largest inland city after the Revolution, it was the terminus of the Lancaster Turnpike, the nation's first macadamized road built in 1794 connecting to Philadelphia. It is the home of the Conestoga wagon, the Pennsylvania rifle, and F.W. Woolworth's first store in 1879.
What downtown lacks in terms of tall buildings is more than made up for in quality, with an ensemble of buildings dating back to pre-Revolutionary times. Older residents recall the entertainment district on North Queen Street, inclusing landmarks such as the Hotel Brunswick, demolished in the late 1960s to make way for the bland Lancaster Square. Renewal since then has emphasized renovation and contextual modernism. Today, downtown is full of vitality both on workdays and weekends.