When frogs and birds invaded a York history exhibit: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 12, 2012

Posted below: Detter’s Mill/Bill Simpson’s legacy/Camp Security

The ‘Fanciful World of Adam Pfaltzgraff.’ Indeed.  Where else but York County, Pa., would a menagerie of backyard animal sculptures with glass marble eyes  be put on exhibit? York countians have long enjoyed weird, but strangely intriguing and winsome hobbies. Such is the case of Adam Pfaltzgraff’s avocation on display at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St., York. York County antiquarian David Walsh collected these sculptures made from the hands of this member of the noted pottery-making family. But these sculptures are not made from pottery. Something even more durable: concrete. Pictured on this invitation to the just-opened exhibit is one of the Pfaltzgraff artifacts. Check the Heritage Trust’s website for details about exhibit hours and the trust’s Facebook page for a view of another Pfaltzgraff sculpture. Also of interest: Dragon-style pottery pieces, picked up in York County, intrigue reader.

Neat stuff from all over … .

York countian Betsy Baird tells more about the Detter’s Mill covered bridge story posted recently on yorktownsquare.com:

“Detter’s Mill was replaced by a new bridge in the early 1960’s by H.J. Williams & Co.  My father was field foreman and kept telling Mother and I that the old covered bridge was safe to drive over.  Mother and I were afraid to, the way that bridge looked.  Dad drove over it all the time. Well, after the new bridge was built, the old one made its demise by nature and fire.

“Incidentally, the Springdale Carriage House on the Unitarian grounds was also later occupied by  one of the Hydeman’s of Wiest’s & Co. Department Store.”
Congressman Neiman Craley also lived in it, she wrote.

“P.S.:  My Mother worked in Wiest’s at the time the Hydeman’s owned the Carriage House. ”

Exit strategy: Catch the most recent recent story in the York Daily Record/Sunday News series on the findings off Interstate 83 exits: Newberry Pointe shopping center has impact on Exit 33 area.

Camp Security more secure: The land on which Camp Security, a Revolutionary War POW camp, sat is now out of the hands of the developer. Check out: Conservation Fund gets Camp Security land.

Forum, Part I: Two senior community leaders died this week: Judge Bud Blakey and Bill Simpson (pictured). The question is: With many of York’s leaders aging, who will lead York in the future? ( Here’s a story on York’s most influential leaders: http://bitly.com/KUYS5D. ) Please comment below.

Forum, Part II: If the dream Bill Simpson comes true, we’ll be able to get up on a Saturday morning and ride in rail cars pulled by a steam locomotive from New Freedom the Hanover Junction: http://bitly.com/JMK7Dr. Will you pay some bucks to go on such an excursion? Please comment below or comment on the YDR’s Facebook page.


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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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