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1821 map of York and Adams counties is a real treasure

I have written before about York’s multitalented William Wagner. One of his lasting legacies as an engraver is the Map of York and Adams Counties that he published with Daniel Small in 1821. This map is still very useful today … Continue reading

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Adventures of a York County native

A few months ago I did a post on Henry Smeych, who claimed to have captured John Wilkes Booth’s horse on which Booth escaped after assassinating President Lincoln. At 87, Smeych, born in Chanceford Township in October 1837, talked at … Continue reading

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New Book on York County, Pennsylvania Mills

Biesecker’s Mill on the Little Conewago York County Heritage Trust will launch its latest publication, Millers’ Tales: The Mills of York County, this Saturday, November 27 with a public program. The event will be held a 1 p.m. at the … Continue reading

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Small Family Left a Large Mark on York County

Philip A. Small examining Christian Roth’s wheat Whenever I start researching some York County history, it seems like someone from the Small family turns up. Pennsylvania German immigrant Lorentz Small settled in Windsor Township in 1743, but soon the family … Continue reading

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York Flour Mill Burned, but Not by Confederates

Pass issued to Samuel Small by General Early’s aide-de-camp. Did one of P.A. & S. Small’s grist mills burn during the Civil War? Yes. Was it burned by the General Jubal Early’s Confederate soldiers? No. Fellow blogger Scott Mingus has … Continue reading

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York Employers Allows Workers to Keep Gold

I was researching something else on newspaper microfilm the other day, but with the current price of gold over $1,200 an ounce, the article below caught my eye. It is from the July 31, 1934 issue of the York Dispatch. … Continue reading

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Monaghan Farm Good Bargain in 1816

The real estate notice below, from the November 7, 1816 York Gazette, is a great example of the wealth of information available in newspapers from the past. Such descriptions are often detailed, giving us an idea of how our forebears … Continue reading

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York Haven Suspicious of Slavs

It was 1908. Although their families had been immigrants only a hundred years or so before, some York County people weren’t too sure about the new immigrants coming in to work at plants, mills and quarries or to build roads. … Continue reading

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York County, PA in 1828–What’s a Fulling Mill?

We know York County had a lot of different mills. Click here to read about the many mills of York County. Sawmills sawed trees into boards, and grist mills ground grain. What purpose did a fulling mill serve? In a … Continue reading

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Rise in Flour Prices a Good Thing for York County in 1828

You have probably noticed your bread costs more lately. The rise in the price of flour has been blamed on several factors.

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