Category Archives: 1750s

Why the Mifflin-Wright house, Hybla, must be saved

As stories fly about the possible planned destruction of Hybla, the Mifflin-Wright house near Wrightsville, more concern has surfaced about this important York County historical site. Hybla has just been named one of the 11 most endangered properties in Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York’s Colonial Hotel building still stately after nearly 125 years

For over a month I have been putting together a slide show on York’s square in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York in 1741. The information on the square at the York County History Center … Continue reading

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First lot owners of York’s Square, Part 2

This is the second of two posts detailing the first several owners of the original lots that encircle York’s square. The lots can be located on the map above of the center of York, bordered by Philadelphia, Duke, King and … Continue reading

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First lot owners of York’s Square, Part I

The enlarged section of the center of York above is bounded by Philadelphia, Duke, King and Beaver streets. It shows the square with the courthouse in the middle. I have flipped it form the original so that it is oriented … Continue reading

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York’s Center/Continental Square–crossroads of a county

In conjunction with the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York, I am working on a slide show for a November 12th program at the York County History Center. It is part of the regular Second Saturday series of … Continue reading

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James Smith, York County’s Signer of the Declaration of Independence

In honor of those brave patriots who put their life on the line signing the Declaration of Independence, my previous York Sunday News column on “our signer,” James Smith, is repeated below: Who Was James Smith? You might know that … Continue reading

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Yorker John Fisher’s view of the ruins at Palmyra

I have written before about the very talented clockmaker and artist, John Fisher (1736-1808) and his remarkable clocks. He was also an able sculptor in wood and painted with such accuracy that his dog Wasser, attacked his newly painted sign … Continue reading

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York County’s St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church 1887 encounter with lightning

Summer brings thunder and lightning. Here is an account of a quite powerful lightning strike at St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church in Codorus Township. It is from the June 28, 1887 York Gazette. FEARS OF LIGHTNING—During the storm on Monday, the … Continue reading

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Shooting at York Tavern in 1768

The General Gates house is one of York County Heritage Trust’s historic restorations. It is so named because it is said to have been the residence of Horatio Gates when he served as president of the Board of War [forerunner … Continue reading

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Working together to save York County history

My previous post on the 50th anniversary of the Golden Plough Tavern and General Gates House restorations gave a few highlights of the “smallest urban renewal project in the country.” See below for more on the story from my recent … Continue reading

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