Category Archives: Lower Windsor Twp.

Tale of Slaymaker’s Ghost told at Unraveling York County History

It was good to see many of you at the York Daily Record’s Unraveling York County History event last week. For those of you who didn’t make it, the theme this year was “Weird York.” The YDR bloggers each did … Continue reading

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You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Former Soviet spy called York County home

You never know what fascinating stories you might uncover in the York County History Center files. I never expected to find one on a Soviet spy who allegedly hid from the world in plain sight in the little village of … Continue reading

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Lewis Miller image of General Jacob Dritt discovered

The staff of the John and Kathryn Zimmerman Center of Susquehanna Heritage recently discovered a photograph of a previously unknown drawing of General Jacob Dritt (d.1817). The drawing is unsigned, but it is so similar in style to the many … Continue reading

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Pick up your ration book at the schoolhouse

Numerous former one-room schoolhouses still dot the countryside. Many have been converted to residences, some so modified that it is hard to detect their original use. A few have been restored and even furnished as they would have been when … Continue reading

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York County’s Wills School students of 90 years ago identified

I’m sharing this 1926 photo of Wills School, which is on the East Prospect Road (Rt. 124) just east of Yorkanna for a couple of reasons. First, it is nice to have one of these photos with the people identified, … Continue reading

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You are invited to an open house June 1 at Fissel’s School

Want to experience what is was like to go to a one-room school? Or maybe you did attend one, and would like to step back into that time. Here is how you can: The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society and … Continue reading

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A visit to the Wills School near Yorkana takes you back in time

According to Prowell’s History of York County, Pennsylvania, the population of Lower Windsor Township in 1900 was 2,649. There were 15 schools to educate the township children. They were Will’s, Bittersville, Wrightsville, Benson’s, Canadochly, Craley, Martinsville, Furnace, Brenneman’s, Fitzkee’s, Yorkana, … 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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Have you ever been hiking in Devil’s Hole?

Long-time York County Heritage Trust volunteer photo cataloger Paul Wolfgang asked me the other day if I know where “Devil’s Hole” was. He was cataloging a collection of photos connected with Raymond Jacob Sechrist and one was identified as being … Continue reading

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