Monthly Archives: June 2009

More of Camp Security Site to Be Explored

The 280 acres on which Camp Security was located is highlighted in yellow. I am glad to see that there is going to be an archaeological dig this summer at the Schultz house, which was the original pre-Revolutionary house on … Continue reading

Posted in 1780s, Camp Security, Hellam Twp., Revolutionary War, Universal York, York County | 2 Comments

Former Confederate General Returns to York 31 Years Later

The Rewalt house now and in the late 19th century. The first time John B. Gordon came to York, in late June 1863, he had an occupying army with him. He returned unarmed in 1894 and received a much warmer … Continue reading

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York Couple’s Movies Raise Amazing Sums For Local Non-profits.

A little while ago, in a post on York Fair horse racing, I mentioned that there were some motion pictures of racing at the fair on films recently digitized and preserved by the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives, through a … Continue reading

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Yorkers See the Elephant but Not the Gold

Cased photo of Henry L. Smyser, taken by the J. T. Williams Gallery in York, probably not too long after Smyser returned from California. Not long ago I posted my York Sunday News column on the very organized California Company, … Continue reading

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Confederate Cousins Invade York in 1863

Lewis Miller drawing of the Confederate invasion of York, June 1863. Cassandra Small’s vivid letters to cousin Lissie Latimer, describing the Confederate invasion of York during the end of June 1863, are often quoted. Cassandra was the daughter of Philip … Continue reading

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More Horse Racing at the York Fair

A recent post concerned harness racing at the York Fair way back in 1867, over 150 years ago. A reader commented that he remembered non-harness horse races at the fair when he was a boy, with jockeys without helmets. Click … Continue reading

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Your Final Resting Place Might Not Be Final

Over the years quite a few cemeteries in York County have been built over, paved over or plowed over. Sometimes the inhabitants have been moved to another cemetery, sometimes not. There have been various laws passed over the years in … Continue reading

Posted in 1840s, 1960s, cemeteries, genealogy, Springettsbury Twp., Universal York | 5 Comments

Horse Racing at the York Fair

Racing was featured at the York Fair for many years. It was so popular in 1867 that the races rained out the last day of the fair were held some days later in front of a sizable crowd. See below … Continue reading

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York County Election Bets Not Paid

William Findlay is shown on the left and Joseph Hiester on the right in these images from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Nineteenth century Yorkers took their politics very seriously, as you can see in the rather long ad … Continue reading

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