From Meadowbrook Mansion to York County farmhouse

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The Meadowbrook Mansion is pictured after renovations in the 1980s. Christmas Tree Hill now operates out of the former home of Edwin Myers (tobacco business and other enterprises) and, later, the family of Clair Long. Background posts: From top dog and hot dogs to dogfight and dog days in York County, Pa., Before Geno’s made news in Philly, Gino’s headlined in York and Property rights foundational factor in Lauxmont dispute.

Clair Long remembers when his parents, Alva R. and Mary Long, lived in Springettsbury Township’s Meadowbrook Mansion.
And he and his wife Jorene resided in another house on the farm. Borders Books stands today in the vicinity of Long’s former living room.
He shared memories of his former 180-acre farm after reading about the Meadowbrook and its former grounds in the news. The saga of Mother Goose and her goslings made it to the front page. It was a story of a Canada goose trying to subsist among sprawl… .


But Clair remembers the busy site today as a quiet, productive farm operating in the middle of the 20th century on land now covered by the Galleria and Caterpillar. Developers covet that land today, and it’s a miracle that the Meadowbrook Mansion still stands.
Here are some memories:
– One of the barns on the farm most recently has housed the Pfaltzgraff pottery outlet.
– At one time, the Long farm supplied five milk trucks from its 100 or so daily cows.
– Other structures were part of the farm, including a still-standing tenant house across the road from the Meadowbrook.
– The Long family operated the Avalong restaurant, forerunner of the Rutter’s restaurant that operated on the Whiteford and Mount Zion Road intersection. Commerce Bank stands on that site today. The restaurant served chicken, steaks and fish and had a big meeting room in the back.
Today, Clair Long lives on four acres atop nearby Mount Zion, behind the cemetery.
He can see the former Meadowbrook farm from his spread.
In its day, he acknowledged, the Meadowbrook Mansion was “a pretty nice farmhouse.”

About Jim McClure

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