Books about Glen Rock abound, and there’s a lot of history to write about

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This view from the penthouse of the Glen Rock Mill Inn shows the heart of Glen Rock. It’s quiet here, but the borough has played host to many newsworthy events. The borough is celebrating its 150 anniversary next year. Background posts: AMP’s and AMF’s alphabet soup spilled in Glen Rock and Google Images bring life and times of Glen Rock’s Cliff Heathcote, a trick shot artist, other York County, Pa., memories and Parade Music Prince Roland Seitz: From Shrewsbury to Friday Night Lights.

Glen Rock is going down in history as a town with the most histories written about it.
In recent years, the Glen Rock Carolers have updated their already thorough history, which is also a history of the town.
Earlier this year, Bob Ketenheim published a postcard history book covering Glen Rock’s plentiful hills and dales.
Next June, the borough will celebrate its 150th birthday, and yes, the committee heading that effort is publishing a book… .


The limited-edition 150th anniversary book, “Glen Rock — A Historical Review” is available at $23.32. (Shipping is available at a cost of $5.75 for the first book and $3.25 for each additional book.)
Orders can be sent to Glen Rock Sesquicentennial Committee, 55A Main St., Glen Rock 17327.
According to a recent York Daily Record/Sunday News story
The anniversary committee has set up a headquarters on Main Street where sweatshirts, T-shirts, ornaments, hats, trivets and wine bottles bear the sesquicentennial logo. That logo features a carol singer and a steam locomotive.
The committee is also issuing a series of wooden nickels, each featuring a building or individual from Glen Rock’s past. There will be 19 nickels in the set issued monthly, with the last planned in June 2010.
The August nickel features a woolen mill built by William Heathcote in 1838, then sold to Phillip Shaffer and Charles Olp in 1851 and converted to a grist mill in 1852. The mill operated until 1983, when it was sold and converted to a restaurant, the Glen Rock Mill Inn.
All this comes in addition to the museum that exhibits Glen Rock artifacts in the library building.
Glen Rock has always been a newsy town, and all that has happened there cannot be told in three books – or 30 books. For example, it played host to a deadly train wreck, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp and damaging Tropical Storm Agnes flooding.
For learn more about these other historic details, click on: ‘Rocks in the Glen’ turns into town where things happen.

About Jim McClure

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