Category Archives: Hellam Twp.

Camp Security exploration will go on

The hunt goes on for the various components that made up Camp Security, the Revolutionary War camp established to detain British prisoners in York County. Specific areas of interest, such as the palisaded stockade and the village for the captives … Continue reading

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Visiting York County in 1916

It is always enlightening to see other people’s impressions of us. Just recently, we were pleased when the respected Travel and Leisure magazine named York to its list of America’s Greatest Main Streets, citing a turnaround and our historic architecture. … Continue reading

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Antique York County wedding dresses in exhibition at Landis Valley

I went to Lancaster County this week to see some York County items on exhibit. Jennifer Hall Royer, former Director of Exhibits and Collections at York County Heritage Trust is now Museum Curator at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum. … Continue reading

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Keystone shaped signs mark entrances to many Pennsylvania towns.

I see York city is restoring its Keystone markers, those familiar keystone with a rectangle signs that tell you the town you are entering, where its name came from and how many miles down the road to another town. Good … Continue reading

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Camp Security–new clues and a new appeal

You may have seen the recent article and also the editorial in the York Daily Record concerning the final push by the Friends of Camp Security to raise the funds to repay the Conservation Fund for the 2012 purchase of … Continue reading

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Federal Taxes Paid by York Countians in 1815

It’s soon income tax time again. There was no federal income tax 200 years ago, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t have to pay taxes to support the United States government. Not having strong taxing ability was one of … Continue reading

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How much to ferry across the river Susquehanna?

I’ve been getting good responses on my recent York Sunday News column on the fifteen or more separate ferries that crossed the river between York County and Lancaster County or Dauphin County. Perhaps that should be too surprising, since the … Continue reading

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How did they get across the wide Susquehanna when there were no bridges?

I have had several comments and questions already about my recent York Sunday News column on the 15 or more ferries that crossed the Susquehanna River at one time or another between York County and Lancaster County. Since there were … Continue reading

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Could an army cross the Susquehanna at Vinegar Ferry?

It is fascinating to compare old maps with present day ones. Sometimes you have an “ah ha” moment, where you may have been thinking “huh?” My last post was on Vinegar Ferry, which you can easily locate on the Lancaster … Continue reading

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Was there vinegar at Vinegar Ferry?

I’m deeply into ferries–the subject of my upcoming York Sunday News column. Did you know there were at least 15 ferries crossing the Susquehanna from the over 50 miles of York County shore, stretching from the Yellow Breeches Creek on … Continue reading

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