Category Archives: Mill

Mystery of the Druck Valley Barn

The first time I stopped by the home of Cliff Satterthwaite in Virginia, I instantly recognized much of the artwork covering the walls. In addition to local Fredericksburg scenes, artwork of Pennsylvania sites from all around York City and County … Continue reading

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Watershed Event at Wyndridge Farms on June 21

A local historical perspective on residence in the Chesapeake Bay community will be presented at Wyndridge Farms on Tuesday June 21st from 7 PM until dusk. The back yard of Wyndridge overlooks the Barshinger Creek Watershed; which will be the … Continue reading

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Buried Treasure in Springettsbury Township

A 1908 article, in The York Daily, describes another attempt to find the Rankin Treasure in Springettsbury Township, York County, PA. In 1778, James Rankin allegedly quickly buried a hoard of gold and silver on this property just prior to … Continue reading

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Hike the River Trail between Columbia and Marietta

Earlier this week I walked the newly completed River Trail between Columbia and Marietta. The project that produced the Columbia Bypass (Route 441) for automobiles also provided a river level path from south of the Route 462 Bridge in Columbia … Continue reading

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Barshinger’s Mill unique Tandem Waterwheels

Barshinger’s Grist Mill was located along Barshinger Creek in York County, PA. Simon Barshinger significantly expanded his milling capacity with the addition of a second waterwheel. This Library of Congress photo, of Bunker Hill Mill in West Virginia, shows what … Continue reading

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Springettsbury’s Last Covered Bridge over the Codorus

I discovered this 1949 covered bridge photo in the Archives of the York County History Center. It piqued my interest because it connected Springettsbury and Manchester Townships, establishing a short roadway connection between Pleasureville and Emigsville. Further research revealed this … Continue reading

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1860 Buildings 36-41 in South Region of Springettsbury Township

Smyser’s Mill along North Hills Road At the top of this illustration, I’ve pointed out, and marked, six 1860 buildings in the North Hills Road Area within what is now Springettsbury Township. At the bottom of the above illustration is … Continue reading

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O-SO-GUD Pretzels originated in York

In my post earlier this week, I noted the York Pretzel Bakery made billions of pretzels annually. The bakery branded their product O-SO-GUD Pretzels. This ad from the December 7th, 1917, issue of the York Daily warned the public “DON’T … Continue reading

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York Pretzel Bakery makes Billions Annually

In 1914, the York Pretzel Bakery was begun by seven individuals: Harry B. Anstine, Gabriel W. Reider, Jacob Beitzel, Simon A. Barshinger, Horace E. Reider, Harry W. Schaberg and Luther Meckley. By the close of 1914, their bakery was in … Continue reading

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Diehl’s Mill Covered Bridge

Grant Voaden’s collection of Mill photos at the York County Heritage Trust contains a, circa 1900, Diehl Mill Landscape Photo. The right side of the photo includes the Diehl Mill Road Covered Bridge that spanned Mill Creek; separating Spring Garden … Continue reading

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