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Wright’s Ferry connected York and Lancaster counties for nearly two centuries

You may have read my recent York Sunday News column on the fifteen ferries that connected York County with Lancaster and Dauphin counties across the Susquehanna River. There were so many that I didn’t have room in my column to … Continue reading

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York County and the Head Copperhead

During the Civil War “Peace Democrats” were also known as “Copperheads.” There are a couple of explanations for the term applied to those Northern Democrats who opposed the Civil War and wanted to see the country reunited, even if it … Continue reading

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Why York County Congressman Thomas Hartley Advocated Wright’s Ferry for the Capital of the United States.

My recent York Sunday News column outlined York’s enthusiastic proposal to become the permanent capital of the United States. Motions, debates, and votes for one location or another flew in 1789 during the first Congress under the United States Constitution. … Continue reading

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