Tag Archives: Hellam Township

York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … 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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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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Rocky start for Longstown One-Room Schoolhouse

One of the many issues that resulted in the establishment of Springettsbury Township in 1891 was a long-standing desire by a group of residents near Longstown to have a schoolhouse built in their neighborhood. The Longstown residents felt the resulting … Continue reading

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D. E. Stetler, J. Horace Rudy & the Dodge Brothers Emblem

The 100th Anniversary Lincoln Highway Auto Tour began at 7:00 AM in Times Square, New York City on Saturday June 22, 2013. The first night stopover was near Malvern, PA. The vehicles passed through York County on Sunday, the second … Continue reading

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Two British Films of the Hellam Love Nest

This is a frame from a 1928 British film. The scene is the Love Nest perched over Kreutz Creek in Hellam Township, York County, PA. Katina Snyder of the Kreutz Creek Valley Preservation Society graciously provided YouTube links to two … Continue reading

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Pigeon Hills debunks Red Lion Myth

A reader from the Pigeon Hills area in York County area debunked a Red Lion myth. He claimed everybody living along Laurel Woods Lane in Heidelberg Township lived at an elevation higher then the highest point in Red Lion’s Fairmount … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during November 2015

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts of November; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. … Continue reading

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The House of Twelve Twins

At one of my recent family history talks, Dot Farrington shared newspaper articles she discovered during a research trip to Salt Lake City. The article that first caught her interest appeared on page 10 of the April 26, 1902, issue … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during August 2015; Thanks for the Feedback

  Reader Feedback was used to select the Top 10 Posts during August 2015. Thirteen of the fifteen August posts generated feedback from readers. Blog comments, e-mails, phone calls and conversations resulted in 67 total contacts that I responded to. … Continue reading

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