Fellow blogger Scott Mingus has done extensive research on the Mifflin family of Hellam Township. He has written, both in his Cannonball blog and in his recently published book, The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, Pa., about the significant role Jonathan Mifflin, his wife Susannah Wright Mifflin and their son, Samuel W. Mifflin played in the Underground Railroad.
Mingus has also recently visited and blogged about Hybla, the Mifflin’s imposing stone home, over two centuries old and the site of their Underground Railroad activity, as the house might be presently threatened by development. He will be speaking about the Miffins, for the “hero” part of his presentation at “An Evening to Unravel York County History 2.0.” Join Scott Mingus, Jim McClure, Stephen H. Smith and me as the York Daily Record’s award-winning team of history writers recalls some of our unsung heroes, and some local villians, at a free public program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday December 7 at Wyndridge Farm, 885 Pleasant Ave., Dallastown. (Last year’s event was so popular that parking became a problem, but I understand there is now additional parking space.)
Jonathan Mifflin was an important figure in the Revolutionary War, holding the rank of Colonel and serving as Assistant Quartermaster General of the Army. He participated in several important battles and is said to have been close to General Washington and to General Lafayette. That is the period of his life I recapped in my recent York Sunday News column, transcribed below.
(Hybla can be seen from Route 30, just past the Wrightsville exit. It sits to the right on a rise just past the industrial buildings. See Google street view below.) Continue reading