Category Archives: slavery

Want to learn more about York County and the Underground Railroad?

  The York County History Center has a treasure trove of newspapers going back over two centuries. Most have been microfilmed, making these outstanding historical sources easily accessible. I often use them as sources for blog posts and my York … Continue reading

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Seventh Journal of York County Heritage now available

The 2016 edition of the Journal of York County Heritage will be officially launched on Thursday, September 15, with a reception at the York County History Center Museum, Library and Archives at 250 East Market Street in York. Doors open … Continue reading

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On to the Mudd House

In my last post I shared my recent visit to the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland. Less than half an hour away is the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum. After picking up arms and ammunition at the Surratt House, … Continue reading

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An interesting trip to Surrattsville

I recently took a field trip that I had been thinking about for some time. For several years I have been researching and writing about Edman “Ned” Spangler, the native Yorker who was a carpenter and stagehand at Ford’s Theater, … Continue reading

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Lewis Miller celebrates the end of the Civil War

On April 9, 1865 Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee met at Wilmer McLean’s house at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. General Lee surrendered to General Grant. Even though there were some battles and skirmishes later, … Continue reading

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Thaddeus Stevens in York

History is full or “what ifs.” We can only speculate on how a different path could have affected outcomes of important events in our history. We might be familiar with the life of Thaddeus Stevens and his role in Congress … Continue reading

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Some slaves got away in York County

As I pointed out in my previous post on slavery in York County, even though slavery very gradually died out in Pennsylvania after 1780 Act for Gradual Abolition of Slavery was passed, that long southern York County border with slave … Continue reading

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York County slavery

Can you imagine your home town newspaper with ads selling human beings? A 15-year-old being sold because her master/mistress didn’t have enough work for her (seller offering financing)…families split apart…children as young as four being sold away from their mothers? … Continue reading

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Slavery in York County

It is a very short ad in March 30, 1811 York Recorder newspaper, but it is extremely chilling. I usually write about the wealth of positive things comprising much of York County’s rich history. There is sometimes also a dark … Continue reading

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