The campaign to save the historic Mifflin House, the extremely significant site in Hellam Township at the edge of Wrightsville, is moving on, but help is needed from the public.
To bring you up to date, in August 2017 Hellam Township denied a demolition permit requested by the developer of the industrial park that adjoins the Mifflin house to demolish the house and some of the historic farm buildings. The developer appealed this decision, which is now in the York County Court of Common Pleas. Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society and Preservation Pennsylvania have filed a joint brief in opposition to the appeal of Kinsley Equities II., as has Hellam Township.
Preservation Pennsylvania and Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society have launched a fund raising drive to pay necessary legal fees. Click here for more information on the current status of the challenge and to donate directly online, or for more information on sending a check or donating by credit card. Checks, marked for the Mifflin House, should be sent to the Mifflin House Fund, Preservation Pennsylvania, 257 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.
The Mifflin House is one of the most important historic sites in York County. The Underground Railroad activity conducted out of the house by Jonathan Mifflin and Susannah Wright Mifflin and their son Samuel Mifflin is well documented. Also, the clash between Union and Confederate units culminating in the burning of the Wrightsville-Columbia bridge occurred partly on their property.
Jonathan Mifflin was a Revolutionary War patriot, serving under George Washington as Assistant Quartermaster General, supplying the American army. That by itself deems his home historically worthy of preservation. In addition, the architectural significance of this mansion house along, built around 1800, is a reason for keeping it intact. Much of the exterior and interior has not been significantly changed over the past 200+ years.
For much more detail on the Mifflin House and the family and their accomplishments, you can click on these links: