Tag Archives: Accomac

Aerial bombing breaks Susquehanna ice jams

During the last week of February 1945, a large ice jam in the Susquehanna River caused large chunks of ice, some over 6-feet thick, to smash into bungalows along the river’s edge in Hellam Township. These photos show one such … Continue reading

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Lancaster lawyers utilize Wild Cat Inn as speakeasy

The Blackstonian Club of the Lancaster bar purchased the Wild Cat Inn, in Hellam Township, York County, on November 7th, 1924. They employed Lancaster architect Henry Y. Shaub to draw up alterations to the Wild Cat Inn for their use. … Continue reading

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Wild Cat Falls Journal from 1870s

Several readers asked about the journal, which was published in the 1870s at Wild Cat Falls, along the Susquehanna River in York County. This illustration, from the collections of the York County History Center, shows the header from the July … Continue reading

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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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Where I’ll be Speaking & Topics Available

ABOUT THE SPEAKER Stephen H. Smith is a retired Mechanical Engineer from York International Corporation and local Family History author. His book “Barshingers in America” won the top prize within the Genealogy and Family History category in the 2002 National … 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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