Monthly Archives: September 2013

Jacob Tome’s school

York County native Jacob Tome made his fortune at Port Deposit, Maryland. He made his lasting mark on the area by sharing his wealth with the community, among which were financing the Tome Memorial Church and the Tome School. Only … Continue reading

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Jacob Tome’s Port Deposit mansion

I have been very interested in Port Deposit, Maryland ever since I researched my York Sunday News column on Jacob Tome (1810-1898), multimillionaire philanthropist. Tome was born in the Hanover area of York County and grew up poor in Chanceford … Continue reading

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2013 Journal of York County Heritage looks at York County in the Civil War

What can we learn about our shared history in the recently published 2013 Journal of York County Heritage? The theme of the journal this year was driven by the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War. Here is a rundown … Continue reading

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Why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie library

A lot of towns have Carnegie public libraries, funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Did you ever wonder why York County doesn’t have a Carnegie funded library? Carnegie’s biographer credits him with building over 2,800 free libraries with about 1,950 of … Continue reading

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Dress (and undress) at the York Fair

I came across the photo above in the hundreds of York Fair photos and post cards at York County Heritage Trust. It is interesting to see the number of couples listening to the barker’s spiel in front of the “girlie … Continue reading

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Latest in farm equipment highlighted 1898 York Fair

These two photos of the York Fair were taken about 1898. They fairgoers look a little overdressed to us today. In those days the fair was held in October, so this looks like a nice day, perhaps not too hot … Continue reading

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Teenage girls in ecstasy over Rick Springfield at 1982 York Fair

I see that in the six years that I have been blogging, 20 of my posts have concerned some aspects of the York Fair. I have written about food, especially Bury’s hamburgers; about harness racing, which this year is Monday … Continue reading

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A visit to the Wills School near Yorkana takes you back in time

According to Prowell’s History of York County, Pennsylvania, the population of Lower Windsor Township in 1900 was 2,649. There were 15 schools to educate the township children. They were Will’s, Bittersville, Wrightsville, Benson’s, Canadochly, Craley, Martinsville, Furnace, Brenneman’s, Fitzkee’s, Yorkana, … Continue reading

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