Category Archives: Wrightsville

Other Revolutionary War patriots homes like Jonathan Mifflin’s have been saved

      Jonathan Mifflin was also a prominent Revolutionary War patriot, even going contrary to his Quaker religion to become an officer and assistant Quartermaster General for the entire American army. He also became a friend of George Washington … Continue reading

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Photography caught on quickly in York County

In 1826 Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) created the first real photograph known to exist today. The view from a window at Gras, France is also known as the “First Photograph,” and it is in the photography collection at the … Continue reading

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Wrightsville’s rich history is commemorated by many plaques, another sought

For the past few years, Albert Rose, long-time volunteer at the York County History Center Library/Archives, has been documenting war memorials throughout York County. He has visited and photographed many of them and also verified some that no longer remain. … Continue reading

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Why the Mifflin-Wright house, Hybla, must be saved

As stories fly about the possible planned destruction of Hybla, the Mifflin-Wright house near Wrightsville, more concern has surfaced about this important York County historical site. Hybla has just been named one of the 11 most endangered properties in Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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York County covered bridges had rules

We look at covered bridges, or memories of the now mostly extinct bridges, as picturesque remnants of the past. But they were not built to be charming. They were vital links in the transportation system. The walls and roof were … Continue reading

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Jonathan Mifflin turns down York County post

While researching my recent York Sunday News column on the Hybla mansion near Wrightsville and the Mifflins who lived there, who were instrumental in York County Underground Railroad activity, I came across an original letter written by Jonathan Mifflin (1743-1850). … Continue reading

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Colonel Jonathan Mifflin, Revolutionary War Patriot and master of Hybla at Wrightsville

Fellow blogger Scott Mingus has done extensive research on the Mifflin family of Hellam Township. He has written, both in his Cannonball blog and in his recently published book, The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, … Continue reading

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York blacksmith offers sizable award for return of apprentice

It is obvious that I find old newspapers fascinating. The items serve as snapshots of the time, giving a picture of what was then happening in the same spaces we occupy today. In addition, the incidents described and unfamiliar terms … Continue reading

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Wrightsville-Columbia bridge is getting 1930 style lights again

I am glad to see that the new “old lights” are going up on the Wrightsville-Columbia bridge. I have always loved the look of the multi-arched bridge, and I have many memories of crossing it. The modern lights have always … Continue reading

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Life in 19th century Wrightsville

Even small newspaper items and advertisements can give clues on life in the past, such as these ads from the May 7, 1857 York County Star and Wrightsville Advertiser, These two are for Wrightsville businesses, Reuben Simpson’s barber shop and … Continue reading

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