Category Archives: 1830s

More on York silk culture

My previous post showed that York County wasn’t immune to the silk culture mania running rampant in the 1830s. A few more examples of local residents getting caught up in the craze are below. From the July 12, 1831 York … Continue reading

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York County’s Silk Boom and Bust

(Illustrations from A Treatise on the Mulberry Tree and Silkworm and on the Manufacture and Production of Silk, 1839. Courtesy of York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives) Silk has been prized for as long as 5,000 years, since the fibers spun … Continue reading

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Hanover man recalls meteor shower and Gettysburg prisoner escapes

Newspaper stories of the past often have references to things that were familiar to them, but not us. This leads to more research to find out what they are talking about. The item below, from the May 21, 1903 York … Continue reading

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The York Gazette got around

I have been looking at old photos of York’s square, following the various sites where Punch, the wooden cigar store statue, offered his bundle of cigars over the decades. The earliest photo of Punch (see above) also shows a very … Continue reading

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Shrewsbury, Pa. bottle leads to medical/political family

Jeff Rohrbaugh of Shrewsbury shared this recently acquired bottle on Facebook. The drug business noted on the bottle is attributed to Dr. James Gerry, Jr. (1839-1903). I’m always happy to have an opportunity to learn more about the people and … Continue reading

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William Wagner seal dug up in West Virginia

In 2010 a Greenbrier County, West Virginia resident was plowing his garden and unearthed a round metal object, probably brass. It was somewhat weathered, with some stains that a collector indicated that it might have been through a fire. It … Continue reading

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York County connections not confined to Earth

I have shared stories of some of the well-known persons who attended or taught at the York County Academy. They include Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist and congressman and Samuel Bacon, charged by President Monroe with the founding of Liberia. Fellow blogger … Continue reading

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More on York County’s Eib’s Landing

One of my recent posts started with a Lewis Miller drawing of an 1835 covered bridge across the Gut, or “the Cud,” as he captioned it. It was an important bridge, paid for by the county, carried a road that … Continue reading

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Guards at Camp Security 11: Manuel Zeigler

(A public meeting with information on the May/June 2015 dig at Camp Security will be held at the Springettsbury Township building, 1501 Mount Zion Road at 7 p.m. Wednesday March 25.) There are 42 pages in the Revolutionary War pension … Continue reading

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1828 York County bridge specs

Many covered bridges dotted the landscape in the 19th century. No original York County bridges survive, although fellow blogger Jim McClure says there were still 25 in the county as late as 1937. The specifications for these sturdy structures could … Continue reading

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