This mystery photo of a country scene surely shows York County at its best, Part 4

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York County, Pa., has many scenes such as this, but you have to take a second to pull the vehicle off the road to enjoy them. Don McClure did just that, with a camera in his hand, and in so doing, he captured this wonderful country scene. But here’s the question: Where is this scene? As we said, such scenes are all over. But the church and terrain might give this one away. See below for the answer. Also of interest: This photo surely shows York County at its best, Part III.

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Hex Murder painting effectively captures terrible York County moment

brett-greimanYork County’s Brett Greiman painted this scene of the Hex Murder of 1928 – a terrible moment in which a trio attacked and killed a farmer, a suspected witch, in an attempt to break a spell they believe he had cast on one of them. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about the Hex Murder and trials of 1928-29.

After I shared a post on my Facebook page showing the Hex Murder house in southern York County, well-known artist Brett Greiman noted that he had painted a scene of the night of the crime.

“A few months ago, I completed a surrealistic and rather disturbing painting about what happened here. Titled ‘Die Totung Der Hexenmeister,'” he wrote. That is translated: “The Killing Of The Hexenmeister.”

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York County History Mystery quizzes: One-room school is one answer. What are your answers to the others?

It didn’t take long for YDR Facebook readers to ID each name on this graphic as a one-room school site. Or most of them anyway. One-room school news and views always captive online and social media readers. So there, we gave the answer to this one. How about those History Mystery quizzes below? Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and fun tests this YorkTownSquare’s category.
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Century-old Jackson School, built on a rise, remains key part of York City neighborhood

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Brand new Jackson School, still being put to good use today in York, Pa., is seen in this photo from the “York Public School Report” for 1913-1914.  Gordon Freiriech found this photograph to run with his York Sunday News column observing the 100th anniversary of the school. The Madison Avenue School also opened that year. Among other neat descriptions of the school, Gordon noted that it was built on a rise, providing a short sloping hill. ‘Although I did not attend Jackson,’ he wrote,  ‘ … that hill was used for sledding in the winter and rolling down in the grassy incline spring and summer. That slope is now macadam.’  The school remains an integral part of hits neighborhood a century after its doors open. Also of interest: Should William Penn High School be called York High?

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A guide to York countians who made it big

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YorkTownSquare.com is seeking to ensure that national celebrities with York, Pa., ties today make it into the history books 100 years from now. So we keep track of these celebs, who seem to be coming back to their hometown in increasing numbers. Evan Sharp, a York Suburban graduate who co-founded Pinterest, is one of them. He returned to his high school recently and took questions from students. Also of interest: Check out these old York County, Pa., photos of interest on Pinterest.
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Here are other 10 York County celebrities – living and deceased – who have been in the news recently or sources to go to find famous people from York, Pa.:
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Is this York County, Pa.’s most recognizable farmhouse?

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The Avalong farmhouse, now Christmas Tree Hill, in Springettsbury Township. The Willis House near Prospect Hill Cemetery. Forry Laucks Mansion, now Lauxmont’s farmhouse. Those are a some recognizable farmhouses around York County, Pa. But this modest house might be York County’s most recognizable farmhouse, although it didn’t gain that fame from farming. It was isolated, located in a hollow in the county’s backwoods, but is known to many. Can you ID this place? Answer below. Also of interest: Where would York County be without its old farms and farmhouses?

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Another beautiful Northern Maryland site ripe for York countians to visit

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Here’s a scene ripe for discovery - another appealing Northern Maryland scene. These falls in northern Maryland, not far from York County’s southern border, are located on Deer Creek. This area is known by Falling Creek, Falling Branch and Kilgore falls. These falls, where Disney film ‘Tuck Everlasting’ was filmed, might be unknown to many folks. Maryland Geological Survey’s website states: ‘Maryland’s second highest free-falling waterfall is located on the Falling Branch of Deer Creek in northern Harford County. The falls were well known to local native Americans and settlers, but in recent times the area was relatively unknown because the land was privately owned. Through the work of citizens groups, businesses, schools and government agencies the Falling Branch Area was added to Rocks State Park in 1993 and open to the public.’ Also of interest: Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill.

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In Hanover, Evening Sun’s newsroom moving into former Tanger Hardware space

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These steps lead to … well upstairs at The Evening Sun’s new digs in the old Tanger Hardware building, 37 Broadway, in downtown Hanover, Pa. The newsroom and advertising departments will work on two floors of the former retailer. The Evening Sun specializes in digital gathering and delivery of news and other content, in addition to its three-day-a-week newspaper. So in an interesting twist of how language and business changes, Hanover has a digital newsroom specializing in use of software moving into former hardware store space. See an additional photo of this wonderful office space below. And check out this series about York County stairs: These steps lead to nowhere. Also of interest: Hanover stands as York County’s oldest borough.

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Upstairs at the Strand-Capitol: Life ‘Above the ceiling’ in York, Pa.

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This ladder, with senior house manager Ben Spagnola aboard, ascends to the highest reaches of York, Pa.’s Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. The ladder is a continuation to the deserted steps project that have been the topic of several, very popular History Mystery quizzes on the York Daily Facebook page recently. Only these steps shown in these Jason Plotkin stills aren’t deserted. Just seldom used. The Strand was home to the recent York Symphony Orchestra’s sold-out concert debut of new director Lawrence Golan:  York Symphony + Lawrence Golan + The Strand = A1 entertainment. Below, see another Plotkin photo from above.

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Watch your York, Pa., steps: Interest climbs in old stairs

So this is a different type of History Mystery quiz. The specialty this week is steps, usually leading to nowhere. In their day, they led to popular public places. See how you do, by clicking, sharing and liking. If stumped, click on the “goo.gl” link. Also of interest: Check out these additional quizzes and fun tests.

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