Tag Archives: Accomac

IVA-LU Bungalow with ’41 Chevy

The IVA-LU Bungalow was built in 1930 and was named for my grandparents Iva and Luther Smith. In the past ten days, I’ve received numerous comments about the Smith bungalow, which was located along the Susquehanna River, 5/8-mile west of … Continue reading

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Insane-Asylum fire in the Hellam Hills

During 1963, when I turned 14-years-old, while at an end-of-winter weekend at my Grandfather Smith’s bungalow near Accomac, I went on a walk exploring areas around Wild Cat Falls and up along Wild Cat Run that were normally off-limits. Old-timers … Continue reading

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Weird York topics from YorksPast

The December 6th evening to unravel York County history is Retro York’s 2017 third-edition of the annual York Daily Record event. The theme this year is Weird York. I will be one of five local historians participating. The event is … Continue reading

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York-built steamboat traveled 300-miles up Susquehanna in 1826

A York-built iron steamboat was successfully launched in the Susquehanna River at Accomac, Hellam Township on November 22, 1825. The boat named CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat in America. The builder, John Elgar, captained the CODORUS on a voyage … Continue reading

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The Design of America’s First Iron Steamboat

America’s First Iron Steamboat marker is located a short distance west of Wrightsville, York County, Pa., on the south side of Route 462, opposite Blessing Lane. It states, “The Codorus, built in York by John Elgar, was launched at present-day … Continue reading

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Iron Steamboat Codorus tackles Nanticoke Falls

A cutting wind blew down the Susquehanna River whipping into freezing spray the water cascading over Nanticoke Falls near Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Despite the cold, John Elgar had taken off his coat and was prepared to swim in case his little … Continue reading

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The Shoe House is OPEN

I read that the Haines Shoe House, now selling bakery treats, had opened for the season under new ownership; so I stopped by for a Sunday afternoon snack on my way back from Lancaster County. The parking lot was full. … Continue reading

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End of May, over Ten-Feet of Ice at Lockport along Susquehanna in York County; Connection to Apollo Moon Mission

Ice on the River Bank is the title of an article appearing in the May 21st, 1881 issue of the York Daily: The hot weather, says the Wrightsville Star of yesterday, has not yet disposed of all the ice by … Continue reading

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A Mermaid in the Susquehanna

Henry Loucks reports on five sightings opposite Dugan’s Run Dugan’s Run is in Hellam Township; it empties into the Susquehanna River a little over one-mile upriver from Accomac.  This same vicinity contains the Memorial Marker for the Confederate soldier that … Continue reading

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#21 Billmeyer & Small Company in York; and their Susquehanna Steam Saw Mills in Wrightsville

In my post Late 1800s Factory Inspection Reports Assist in Identification of an East Prospect Photo  I wrote about finding these reports in the State Library of Pennsylvania.  For this series on the Top 50 York County Factories at the … Continue reading

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