Category Archives: Black history

Ex-slave of Confederate officer died in Hanover in 1910

In the years following the Civil War, hundreds of former Southern slaves seeking a fresh start settled in the Susquehanna Valley. Among them was George Keyes, a Virginia-born slave who was present at the 1861  battle of Ball’s Bluff near … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Events at the Gorsuch Tavern helped spark the 1851 Christiana Riots

Long before the construction of Interstate 83, the York Road was the main thoroughfare between York, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. The well traveled road predates colonial times. Hungry and thirsty travelers could find rest and refreshment at roadside  inns, including … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Corporal Henry Bear, 127th USCT

York Civil War researcher and author Dennis W. Brandt is perhaps best known for his award-winning book on the 87th Pennsylvania Infantry (From Home Guards to Heroes). He has also spent countless hours collecting information on Civil War soldiers from … Continue reading

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Black history month: Eli Grey, Civil War-era barber in York

Eli Grey (also spelled Gray in some accounts) was a fixture in downtown York, Pennsylvania, during the Civil War years (1861-1865). Since medieval times, surgeons and physicians often also doubled as barbers (hence the red stripes for blood on traditional … Continue reading

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York CWRT presents “The Underground Railroad in York County” on June 18

Did you know York County residents collectively once owned hundreds of slaves, and the last person still held as a slave died in the 1840s near Hanover? Did you know the county was a hotbed of activity for the Underground … Continue reading

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Work restarted on turning Goodridge-Dempwolf house into Underground Railroad Museum

William C. Goodridge was born a slave in Maryland, but became a free and prosperous business man in York, Pennsylvania, in the decades before the American Civil War. He owned a multistory emporium on York’s center square as well as … Continue reading

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A Rebel Sunday in York, Pa.

This photo from the files of the York County Heritage Trust shows the old market sheds at he intersection of Market Street and George Street (left) in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The building with the buggies and wagons in front of … Continue reading

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An Underground Railroad Story from York County, Pa.

“In 1842 a party of sixteen slaves came to York, Pa., from Baltimore county, Md. Here they were taken in charge by William Wright, Joel Fisher, Dr. Lewis, and William Yocum. The last named was a constable, and used to … Continue reading

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Remembering another fallen Civil War casualty

Civil War-era graveyard in Columbia, Pa. In the overcast late afternoon of June 28, 1863, as elements of the vaunted Confederate Army approached the small town of Wrightsville in south-central Pennsylvania, more than 1,800 men in blue uniforms awaited them … Continue reading

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New Pinterest page for “Civil War in York County, Pa.”

I have recently decided to start a series of boards on the popular social media site, Pinterest, to showcase some of my diverse interests such as Civil War miniature wargaming, Civil War toy soldiers and collectibles, postcards, and the like. … Continue reading

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