Category Archives: Indians

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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Did York County’s last Susquehannock village have a palm tree?

I have used the illustration above when writing about the last two known Native American villages in York County. It is from Herman Moll’s 1720 map entitled: A new map of the north parts of America claimed by France under … Continue reading

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Learning more about York County’s last Native American villages.

I learned some new things last week at Paul Nevin’s talk at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, home of the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Region. His talk focused on the last Susquehannock Indian village, the site of which is now part … Continue reading

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Horn Farm Center–Good Example of History and Future of York County Agriculture

Thanks to June Evans for sharing the history of the Horn Farm Center for Educational Agriculture with me, as well as these old photographs of the site. See the captions for more identification and attribution. A portion of the eastern … Continue reading

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York County connections to the Conestoga Indian Massacre

I enjoyed an interesting talk this evening at the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area Zimmerman Center. Lancaster County journalist Jack Brubaker talked about his recent book Massacre of the Conestogas: On the Trail of the Paxton Boys in Lancaster County. I … 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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York Resident Was a Stage Coach Driver in the Wild West

I came across a July 9, 1946 Gazette and Daily article about D. Bentz Heilman. It says that Heilman left his native Pittsburgh in 1879, at age 15, for the West. In a few weeks he became a stage coach … Continue reading

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York County Native American Sites Finally Saved

The last two known York County Susquehannock Indian sites have recently been safely preserved. The illustration above is from Herman Moll’s 1720 map of North America, in the collection of the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. It is very similar … Continue reading

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