Monthly Archives: April 2009

Early Port on the Susquehanna River

1864 Bridgen’s map of Conestoga Township showing dam. 1860 Shearer & Lake map of Chanceford Township. A friend recently alerted me to an article about the port of Safe Harbor on the east bank of the Susquehanna River. The article … Continue reading

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Lottery Tickets Lost in York

A lottery, to help finance the American Revolutionary War, was held by the Second Continental Congress while they met in York. The Pennsylvania Gazette, also printed in York during that time, published several ads concerning lost lottery tickets. Click here … Continue reading

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Coverlets and Fabric from York County Sheep and Flax

One of the colorful patterns from Abraham Serff’s pattern book, now in the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. Weavers were essential members of the community in 18th and 19th century America. In Pennsylvania before the Industrial Revolution you would raise … Continue reading

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York Churchgoer Miffed about Collection

Collection pouches on wall on right in William Wagner 1830 drawing of York’s German Reformed Church In 1829, an anonymous Yorker, signing himself REFORM eloquently argued against passing the collection pouch at church. Since all the church services I have … Continue reading

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Red Lion Orchestra Leader Gets a Pig

As I have pointed out before, York Countians have always been fond of entertainment. Theater, circus, movies–they have always been well received, with top national and international stars appearing here. Then there were the amateur theatricals, always presented with enthusiasm, … Continue reading

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Another Escape from York County Jail

It seems that I can’t get away from crime and punishment, York County style. I was checking the files at York County Heritage Trust today to see if I could find out what was carved on the tablet above the … Continue reading

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York County Commissioners Outraged by Jail Vandalism

1850s York County Prison Here we were with a nice new jail that resembled a castle and someone had the nerve to deface the tablet over the entrance. When you look at the photo above you wonder how in the … Continue reading

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Another View of York Furnace Bridge

York Furnace Bridge, c.1856. I only knew of one photo that showed any remnants of the 1855-1857 bridge at York Furnace. That photo, perhaps taken in the 1890s, showed the remaining piers on the island. Click here for the previous … Continue reading

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