Why it’s “the Brogue” – one possibility

Remember my post last month on why so many locals call the village in Chanceford Township “the Brogue” instead of Brogue?

A new commenter, Rita, helped me out with some insight on that question. (Hi, Rita!) She writes:

As to why the phrase “the Brogue” is used around here, my husband and I, both lifelong Brogue natives, have a theory. Supposedly, someone put a brogue (shoe) on a post at the hotel, naming it the Brogue Hotel. Folks around here would say they were going to the Brogue Hotel, which later would have become “I’m going to the Brogue.” And, yes, I get grief whenever I refer to home as “down at the Brogue” at work, even though they’ve heard me say it over the past 16 years.

Well, we won’t give Rita any grief, right? Not when we’re such fans of York County phrases like doing something awhile or saying something is “all”!

Now, for reading this far, here is a great photo from Brogue:


Here, Carole Hale of West Wind Bison Farm in Brogue feeds the bison apples early in the morning in 2002.

What I really should do is make a trip down and find out more about this Brogue Hotel. Is it still there? Is it still open to the public? Can I take pictures? This might be a road-trip project!

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Why it’s “the Brogue” – one possibility

  1. Rita says:

    Hi Joan, The Brogue Hotel, as such, is no more. It was originally the white house that sits catty cornered from the Brogue Store on Rt. 74. About 25 years ago, friends of ours lived in the house (hotel) and the hotel’s bar was still in the bottom floor. I understand it was sold out of there several years ago. The house is now a private residence.
    If you do get down to the Brogue, turn left onto Lucky Rd and follow the signs to Westwind Farm – you may get lucky and see the buffalo that are in your blog’s picture. When my kids’ friends would visit, we would sometimes drive them past the buffalo farm to see the animals. My son made fun of me for doing that, but I found out later that that was one of the first places he took his future wife when he showed her our area of York County. I guess Mom’s idea of fun wasn’t so lame after all!

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