Category Archives: Lancaster County

Piano student remembers playing Weaver concerts

In my recent York Sunday News article on the history of the Weaver Organ and Piano Company, I invited people to share any memories connected with Weaver.  A couple of responses were from individuals who fondly remembered playing in recitals … Continue reading

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York County insects at Harvard, thanks to the Melsheimer family

Hanover Lutheran pastor Frederick Valentine Melsheimer has been called the father of American entomology (insects). He was also a “Hessian,” who came to America with troops fighting on the British side during the Revolutionary War. If you have Melsheimers in … Continue reading

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Photography caught on quickly in York County

In 1826 Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) created the first real photograph known to exist today. The view from a window at Gras, France is also known as the “First Photograph,” and it is in the photography collection at the … Continue reading

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More Susquehanna bridges proposed in 1933

As I mentioned in my recent York Sunday News column on Theodore Burr’s 1815 bridge at McCall’s Ferry, the lower part of York County did not have a lasting river bridge until the Norman Wood bridge was erected in 1968. … Continue reading

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Burr’s 1815 McCall’s Ferry bridge was no match for Susquehanna ice

In 1801 famed engineer and architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe was commissioned by Pennsylvania to survey the Lower Susquehanna, with an eye to navigation and canals. A few years later, in 1807, Latrobe also reported on the Susquehanna to the U.S. … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Germans were not the only ones planting by the moon

It is exciting when one piece of research ties back into a nother. I was reminded of this when looking at old and new almanacs and the listed moon signs, especially the lore of their influence on planting vegetables. I … Continue reading

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Guards of Camp Security 8: John Stewart

Here is another clue from the National Archives records into life at Camp Security. John Stewart as 77 years old when he applied for a Revolutionary War pension in Clermont County, Ohio in 1832. He states that he was born … Continue reading

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Guards at Camp Security: Andrew Anderson

Who were the men of the Pennsylvania Militia that served as guards at Camp Security? They could be your ancestors. About 1,140 of these York County citizens, the individuals that served from July 1781 through May 1782, are listed in … Continue reading

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“Queen of the Crop” York County Potato Queens

I have been getting a lot of comments on my recent blog posts and York Sunday News column on the serious business of growing potatoes in York County. There was some glamour involved too, as shown in these two original … Continue reading

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Learn more about Latrobe’s 1801 mapping of the lower Susquehanna River

Map courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society. I will be doing a PowerPoint presentation this Saturday, April 12 on Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s wonderful map of a portion of our section of the Susquehanna River, as part of the York County … Continue reading

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