Category Archives: Spring Garden Twp.

York’s 87th Regiment musicians still playing 30 years later

The present-day Spring Garden Band traces its existence back before the Civil War. The group of musicians served as the 87th Regiment band during the war. I found this September 1, 1892 York Daily clipping in the York County Heritage … 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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Off to Springwood in 1874

In a recent post, I shared some 20th century history and photos of Springwood Park in York Township. The park closed in 1954, after operating about 80 years. Springwood was developed as a destination for picnicking and dancing by the … Continue reading

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York native artist Stephen M. Etnier, painter of Maine and the tropics

Stephen Morgan Etnier (1903-1984) was expected to go into the family business, the hugely successful turbine manufacturing company started by his grandfather, Moravian minister and inventor Stephen Morgan Smith. Young Stephen had other ideas–he saw art, not business in his … Continue reading

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York County Women Capture German Prisoners

The July 12, 1944 front page of the Gazette and Daily shows two smiling women looking over the gate to the back yard at their farm near Indian Rock dam. Their adventure of the day before started when two men … 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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More on Disappearing York County Cemeteries

Subscribers for a cemetery fence in Spring Garden Township Blake Stough recently shared the above image of a document he had purchased on eBay some time ago. It lists subscribers for a fence to be built around “the old burial … Continue reading

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Mapping York, PA’s Past

Part of Freystown, 1876 Maps are fascinating. They document the charges in communities over the years. You can see how residential, social, and industrial patterns evolve as an area grows, or in some cases, retracts. I recently looked at the … Continue reading

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York Basket Makers in Bull Frog Alley

You may have heard of Bull Frog Alley and wondered where it was. The following 1878 York Gazette article tells about the basket makers living there.

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The Biggest & the Best of York County

I guess it is human nature to want to have the biggest and the best. We are always impressed by the tallest buildings and the most gigantic pumpkins. Our forebears were no different, as we can see by the Lewis … Continue reading

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