Monthly Archives: September 2011

York genius John Fisher, clockmaker and artist

Even in his own time, John Fisher of York was recognized for his extraordinary skills as a clockmaker and artist. His clocks were not just your ordinary eight day tall case clocks of the late eighteenth century. He created musical … Continue reading

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York County Pumpkins

Fall brings big pumpkins, beautiful chrysanthemums and colorful changing leaves. Folk artist Lewis Miller didn’t say much about York County flowers, but he did show local strawberries, cabbages, corn, potatoes and pumpkins. “The caption on the champion pumpkin above reads: … Continue reading

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Flood of 1933 Raged through Felton

In a post last week I noted that the Flood of 1933 took out two covered bridges at Muddy Creek Forks. Felton is further upstream on the north branch of Muddy Creek, but in a valley, so waters rage and … Continue reading

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York Fair Postcards

As the York Fair winds down for another year, I thought I would share some postcards from the York County Heritage Trust collections of York Fair scenes of the past. I hope everyone that got to the fair this year … Continue reading

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Farewell to York County covered bridges.

No wonder York County can’t claim any covered bridges anymore. Hurricane Agnes destroyed the last one, at Bentzel’s Mill, in 1972. Previous storms and floods took their toll of many others over the years. Lila Fourhman-Shaull, Director of Library and … Continue reading

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York Fair food is still good and the horses are still trotting.

Where was everyone? It was perfect weather for the fair this evening, but the crowd seemed mighty sparse. Granted, there was no big-name act on the grandstand, but there were bands playing for free, the harness races were free, the … Continue reading

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New 2011 Journal of York County Heritage now available.

The brand new 2011 York County Heritage Trust Journal or York County Heritage is now available through the Trust’s museum shops. The six articles cover a gamut of subjects from York County history from the 1750s through the 1970s. They … Continue reading

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Horses Still Trotting at the York Fair

York Fair time again—where did the year go? Time again to have a Bury’s hamburger at one of the two or more stands that claim they make the real thing. I think they are all run by relatives of the … Continue reading

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Getting Closer to York’s Camp Security Numbers

There is a quote that goes something like “Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while,” meaning that if you keep rooting around you might come up with something. Every chance I get the past few years, … Continue reading

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