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Wrightsville’s rich history is commemorated by many plaques, another sought

For the past few years, Albert Rose, long-time volunteer at the York County History Center Library/Archives, has been documenting war memorials throughout York County. He has visited and photographed many of them and also verified some that no longer remain. … Continue reading

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Seventh Journal of York County Heritage now available

The 2016 edition of the Journal of York County Heritage will be officially launched on Thursday, September 15, with a reception at the York County History Center Museum, Library and Archives at 250 East Market Street in York. Doors open … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler’s last home

My previous two posts concerned a day trip I took a couple of weeks ago to southern Maryland, visiting the homes of two of the convicted Lincoln conspirators, Mary Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd. Both sites are well interpreted. I … Continue reading

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Journal of York County Heritage call for papers

You enjoy reading about York County history, so how about writing about it? The eight annual issue of Journal of York County Heritage will soon be out. It has articles on The York Plan of World War II and on … Continue reading

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York County newspapers have different views of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

If you think news coverage is slanted and Democrats and Republicans are at odds today, you should have been around during the Civil War. My recent York Sunday News column below compares the coverage given the speakers at the November … Continue reading

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James Smith’s gravestone first masterpiece of Emanuel King, York monument maker

A few months ago I wrote about what was probably Declaration of Independence signer James Smith’s original gravestone. A newspaper clipping from 1887 said it had been found in a basement in South George Street. The present location is unknown. … Continue reading

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Adventures of a York County native

A few months ago I did a post on Henry Smeych, who claimed to have captured John Wilkes Booth’s horse on which Booth escaped after assassinating President Lincoln. At 87, Smeych, born in Chanceford Township in October 1837, talked at … Continue reading

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What is wrong with this York tombstone?

Dr. Benjamin Hoover and his committee have been very busy researching all aspects of the history of York’s First Presbyterian Church in celebration of the congregation’s 250th anniversary. They have made some interesting finds, such as the unusual date on … Continue reading

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Where is James Smith’s original gravestone?

Does anyone know what happened to the original tombstone of James Smith, York’s Signer of the Declaration of Independence? Not the fancy one shown above, which was put up in 1850. It replaced an earlier stone, which was last seen … Continue reading

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Garden cemeteries come to York County

Why aren’t some of the gravestones in the cemetery between Canadochly Lutheran Church and Canadochly Reformed Church in Lower Windsor Township lined up in straight rows like those in the rest of the cemetery? The answer seems to be connected … Continue reading

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