Category Archives: Schools

Robotics now; Northwest Triangle was once Coal and Tobacco

Coal yards and wholesale leaf tobacco once covered most of the Northwest Triangle’s recently announced Innovation District. York Exponential, a robotics firm, is the driving force behind this project. This view, from the intersection of North Beaver Street and North … Continue reading

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Rev. Raber and mid-1800s Pleasureville

Rev. William B. Raber wrote in 1857 it was Maria Conn who suggested Pleasureville as a more pleasant village name, as opposed to the Possumtown name bestowed by outsiders. I continue to search for Ann Harris, who had access to … Continue reading

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Mundis Mill at midpoint of Codorus Navigation

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the … Continue reading

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Teacher grading: When a 4.0 was poor

A York County Teachers’ Provisional Certificate for Samuel S. Matthews includes his examination results in five subjects: Orthography, Reading, Writing, Written Arithmetic and Teaching.  With a grade point average of 2.1, Samuel was granted a provisional teachers certificate for one … Continue reading

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One-room school called Burnt Cabin

Burnt Cabin One-Room Schoolhouse sat on the west side of Vinegar Ferry Road [now River Drive], just north of where the headwaters of main branch of Wildcat Run cross that road in Hellam Township. Katina Snyder submitted three undated photos … Continue reading

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Route of the Yorkshire History Walk

I’ve been asked to share some stories of the origins of Yorkshire as the lead speaker in a walk thorough that Springettsbury Township community on Saturday June 10th. The walk begins at the Yorkshire Elementary School at 3:00 PM. My … Continue reading

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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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York County abodes of Judge Nevin Wanner

The York City residence of Judge Nevin Wanner was located at 406 East Market Street; he lived there for nearly 60-years. As an occasional respite from city life Judge Wanner spent summers at his island in the Susquehanna River and … Continue reading

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Widespread One-Room School names in York County

While working on a family history for a neighbor in Arizona, Sally Snyder found the following passage in an old, although relevant, connecting family history. “He walked two-miles to Miller’s One-Room Schoolhouse, from the family farm in southern York County, … Continue reading

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York High built on site of Old Vault

In September of 1927 a new high school building opened in York, Pennsylvania; shown at the left side of this aerial photo taken by Karl Ort. William Penn Senior High School was built opposite Penn Park on the north side … Continue reading

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