Grange Hall represented past way of Red Lion, York County life – 16/31 iconic images

The Red Lion Grange Hall, the gray building in the background, is surrounded by development in this mid-1990s photograph of the Cape Horn area. Background posts about the Red Lion area: Red Lion’s towering Fairmont Park off the beaten track , York County cigars: ‘They contained a vast amount of nicotine’, Cigarmaking Red Lion on top of York County and Red Lion’s Ebert Furniture: From bedroom suites to gunstocks.
Continuing the series of telling York County, Pa.’s, history through images: … .

In plain view: The Grange Hall, sitting at the intersection of Cape Horn and Lombard roads, is surrounded by new growth – a McDonald’s, supermarket and convenience store. It has since been demolished to make way for a bank parking lot.
Behind the scene: For decades, the Grange Hall served as a place for folks in the agricultural community to come together to eat, socialize and strategize about farm issues. With development consuming farmland in the Red Lion area and elsewhere in York County, the agricultural community has been weakened, fragmented and overwhelmed by newcomers. Fast food for busy commuters replaced the home-cooked, carefully guarded secret recipes of Grangers. Surrounding development pushed up the value of the Grange property, and organization officials sold the property. The hall was demolished and is now occupied by a longtime Grange foe – a bank.
Further details: See the anniversary book: “Red Lion: The First 100 Years,” 1980, for a survey of a busy community that combined agricultural and industrial interests. Also, see post: Demolished Red Lion Grange Hall still tells tale of changing York County .
Posts in this series:
400 years ago, John Smith explored Chesapeake Bay – 1/31 iconic images
Declaration signer James Smith tops York County patriot list – 2/31 iconic images
Going to market a longtime York County pastime – 3/31 iconic images
William C. Goodridge: From slavery to success story – 4/31 iconic images

Rebs’ short York visit creates long memories – 5/31 iconic images
Artist Horace Bonham captured everyday life – 6/31 iconic images
York County farm vs. factory tension relieved in overnight raid – 7/31 iconic images
York County stood firmly behind Allies on all fronts in WW II – 8/31 iconic images
Downtown thrived in post-WW II York – 9/31 iconic images
After WWII success, Farquhar sells assets to out-of-town outfit – 10/31 iconic images.
Sears, York County Shopping Center in the middle of things – 11/31 iconic images
Three Mile Island emergency indelibly written into memories – 12/2 iconic images.
President Reagan: ‘Harley is back and standing tall’ – 14/31 iconic images
York’s mayor: ‘We are no longer unprotected’ – 15/31 iconic images
Grange Hall represented past way of York County life – 16/31 iconic images.
York County Honors Choir product of proud moment – 17/31 iconic images.
Meeting of riot victims brought hope for racial accord – 18/31 iconic images.
Property rights foundational factor in Lauxmont dispute – 19/31 iconic images.
New baseball diamond serves as York cornerstone – 20/31 iconic images
Season 2 of York’s campaign to come back – 21-23 of 31 iconic images
York on knees as its men storm Normandy beaches – 24-25 of 31 iconic images
One image illustrates two long-neglected subjects in York area – 26-27 of 31 iconic images
Images explain changes in York County factories, farms – 28-29 of 31 iconic images
York County still home to unvarnished beauty – 30/31 iconic images
Latinos most recent migrant group to call York County home – 31/31 iconic images
To see the full series of iconic photos in a special York Daily Record/Sunday News publication, click here.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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