I wrote about the interest of Henry Ford in acquiring the Schultz House near Camp Security last year. A suggestion about this connection was offered when I visited Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. I finally got around to some follow-up search. By happenstance, that long overdue research tied into comments about my post on Camp Security last week; hence the title of this post.
The comments about last week’s post on Camp Security are as follows:
Comment: Why did I make the illustration tiny; i.e. Daniel Brubaker’s 280-Acres & the 173-Acres in the hands of Springettsbury Township, platted on a 1908 Topographic Map? Answer: I simply cut a corner off the platting I did in 2012 for the post: Narrow Gauge Railway Along Stonewood Road in Springettsbury Township and Plot of Daniel Brubaker’s 280-Acres; i.e. location of Camp Security. The illustration in this post remedies that comment; it includes a really neat combination of aerial photo with a topographic map overlay that another reader suggested that I use. I was not aware these digital maps were available from the USGS … Thanks Dave!
Comment: You indicated that the unmarked prisoner graveyard might be located someplace west of the creek; i.e. in already developed land within Penn Oaks. Wouldn’t they have discovered at least some bones when digging the basements? Answer: It would be nice to hear from anybody that was involved in digging basements or landscaping the yards in the areas of Rimrock, Thunderhill or Cimmeron Roads about 35 years ago.
I had heard this possibility mentioned throughout the years, however it was bolstered in the recent find of the Shultz House article to support the Henry Ford connection. Within this article on the Shultz House by Dr. I. H. Betz in the January 27th, 1912 issue of The Gazette, it was also noted that on the property:
Where the stockades were located fine farm fields now are found, without a trace of their former occupation. Tradition records that such stockades existed, but their location is but vaguely known of by the neighborhood. Thousands of prisoners were kept here during the time of the stockades’ existence. A great number of prisoners, probably one thousand in all, died of the fever in question and were buried above, on the brew of the hill. A considerable space was devoted to this purpose. Twenty years ago a number of long stones might have been seen, denoting a rude marking of the graves. Since then the spot has been farmed over and the stones removed. To the east of this spot a deep gorge many be found.
Yesterday, I looked at one box of Camp Security documents at the York County Heritage Trust. Just like the Shultz House article, most of the old-timers interviewed, about the time of the 1979 archeological dig (at the location so noted in the illustration), recalled hearing about this graveyard being on the west side of the creek uphill from the gorge.
Continue reading for the rest of the Henry Ford story and the meaning of the ‘A’ through ‘F’ lines on the illustration.