Monthly Archives: December 2012

Camp Security–new clues and a new appeal

You may have seen the recent article and also the editorial in the York Daily Record concerning the final push by the Friends of Camp Security to raise the funds to repay the Conservation Fund for the 2012 purchase of … Continue reading

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Is Lewis Miller’s drawing the first to show a Christmas tree in America?

Do a online search looking for the first American Christmas tree and you come up with a wide range of answers. More than one of the answers can be correct, depending on how you ask the question. Is the Lewis … Continue reading

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More toys that might be in York County attics

The photo above could have been taken about the same time as the one I recently posted of the Davy Crockett merchandise. This one is also from the Simon Collection at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. It is identified … Continue reading

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Davy Crockett craze hits York County

This photo is from York County Heritage Trust’s Simon Photography collection. The window display is of one of York’s many 5 & 10 cent stores, probably McCrorys near the square in the first block of West Market Street. The Davy … Continue reading

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Federal Taxes Paid by York Countians in 1815

It’s soon income tax time again. There was no federal income tax 200 years ago, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t have to pay taxes to support the United States government. Not having strong taxing ability was one of … Continue reading

Posted in 1810s, Chanceford Twp., Dover Township, Fairview Township, Franklin Township, government, Hellam Twp., Manchester Township, Monaghan Twp., Newberry Township, newspapers, real estate, taverns, taxation, Universal York, W. Manchester Twp., Warrington Twp., Windsor Township, York County, York Township | Tagged , | Comments Off on Federal Taxes Paid by York Countians in 1815

How did they raise those big York County barns?

These photos of a barn raising crew were recently donated to the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. They are unidentified as to location, but are probably of the building of a York County barn. Please let me know if you … Continue reading

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Five Guineas reward for lost letters on their way to Camp Security

What makes historical research so interesting, as well as frustrating, is that what you find usually leads to a lot more questions. Some time ago, at the Library Company of Philadelphia, I came across the ad above from the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Did York County’s last Susquehannock village have a palm tree?

I have used the illustration above when writing about the last two known Native American villages in York County. It is from Herman Moll’s 1720 map entitled: A new map of the north parts of America claimed by France under … Continue reading

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