Category Archives: schools

Rural students and the Eight Grade Examination

Some York County school districts didn’t consolidate until the late 1950s. Chanceford Township was one of the last to close their one-room schools, as the new Chanceford Township elementary school didn’t open until September 1958. Children attended one-room schools from … Continue reading

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Duck and Cover

Do we paint the 1950s as an untroubled time? Wrong! The 1950s began less than five years after the end of World War II. And we do remember what triggered the end of that war, don’t we? When refiling some … 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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What did York girls study in the early 19th century?

Advertisements from the York Recorder gives us an glimpse into educational offerings in York Town in the early 1800s. The first is for a small girls school, probably run out of a home: EDUCATION &c. &. Misses THOMSON and SCANLAN … Continue reading

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Where were the York County Heritage Trust lions?

Walking through the mezzanine gallery at York County Heritage Trust the other day, I stopped to take a new look at the cast iron lions guarding the stairs up to the second floor. I remembered some photos in the YCHT … Continue reading

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Looking for York County one-room schools?

York County had hundreds of them, many still operating well into the 1950s. There are a lot of people around who attended one, and many of the schools still stand. Some have been converted into residences and others are in … 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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York County vandalism unfortunately isn’t anything new

Here is another example that the “good old days” weren’t always that good. There were “wicked and evil disposed persons” in our past history too. (Our forebears did love their adjectives.) The handbill below, from the York County Heritage Trust … Continue reading

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York County connections not confined to Earth

I have shared stories of some of the well-known persons who attended or taught at the York County Academy. They include Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist and congressman and Samuel Bacon, charged by President Monroe with the founding of Liberia. Fellow blogger … Continue reading

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York Academy Public Exams

Remember the pressure of final exams? Putting pencil to paper doesn’t seem so bad when compared to oral exams conducted in public and advertised in the newspaper, as seen by the clipping below from an early York paper: York. April … Continue reading

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