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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Abraham and Susan Hiestand

Ye Olde Valley Inn was a familiar sight to generations of York Countians, set alongside of the heavily traveled road from York to Wrightsville. In 1737-38, English Quaker settler John Griest constructed a limestone square blockhouse on the site for … Continue reading

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York’s Underground Railroad Heroes: Bossy and Julia Johnson

In the 1850s, John “Bossy” Johnson, a black man living in York, Pennsylvania, was accused have run away from his owner, a Baltimore woman, and arrested for violating the Fugitive Slave Law. He claimed he was a free man. The … Continue reading

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Historic house in Wrightsville was UGRR station and later a Confederate artillery position

Jonathan Mifflin was from a long and broad line of Quakers who settled in the Columbia/Wright’s Ferry/Wrightsville region of southern Pennsylvania. Members of his family were prominent in social, political, martial, and business circles, and intermarried with other leading Quakers.  … Continue reading

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Glen Rock veteran served in the 87th Pennsylvania; captured at 2nd Winchester

John Hufnagel of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society graciously sent me the above newspaper clipping from the York Gazette of January 24, 1930, about a local veteran who had recently died. With the recent focus on the 87th Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York County guitarist set ancestor’s Civil War diary to music

Jeff Stike is a country singer/songwriter/guitarist from the scenic Peach Bottom area in southern York County, Pennsylvania.He grew up in northern Maryland and had a strong interest in military history and country music. He played with various bands, was a … Continue reading

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First JEB Stuart strikes; then a triple murder near Round Top: Part 5

Sarah Emma Seifert, Mary (Bell) Squibb, and George Squibb lie side by side in the cemetery of Warrington Friends Meeting House. They are known in local history as “The Murdered Family.” But who killed them? (Photo by Scott Mingus, 12/6/14). … Continue reading

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Did you know? 150 Civil War facts about York County, Pa.: Part 5

61. The artillery bombardment preceding Pickett’s Charge could be heard in most of York County, as could many of the earlier cannonades. Several written records exist. A group of boys wandered along the banks of the Codorus Creek near Laurel … Continue reading

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150 years ago today in York County, Pa.: June 27, 1863: “The Confederates are here…”

“The Confederates are here and I guess I will pull up.” With those brief words tapped out via telegraph from the railway station in Hanover, Pennsylvania, young telegrapher Daniel Trone relayed the message that after days of anxiety and rumors, … Continue reading

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“Gettysburg at Arlington” Topic at York CWRT on March 20

Licensed Battlefield Guide Richard Kohr will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of the York CWRT on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. The topic of the evening will be “Gettysburg at Arlington.” The meeting will be … Continue reading

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