What York County towns have monuments at their center? Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 13, 2012

More stuff below: Berry’s not Bury’s burgers/Stony Brook Drive-in/Stewartstown Railroad


Abbottstown is in Adams County, just over the line from York County. The borough has been working for years on beautifying its circle. It’s been a tough battle to enhance its small circle, small compared to its neighbor New Oxford’s beautiful, grassy intersection. Well, over the weekend, a driver, distracted by spilled coffee, bashed in an identifying sign. So work on Abbottstown square will go one. Which leads us to a quick quiz: What two York County towns have squares with monuments or parks on islands in their center? Traffic flows around these islands. (See answer below.) Also of interest: Why is Hanover Country Club in Abbottstown?

Neat stuff from all over … .

Marg Gotwald, marg47@gmail.com, emailed recently about York’s lost landmarks, specifically the York Valley Inn:
“In 1958, our family moved from Elmwood to Yorkshire, further East as the York sprawl devoured up land. There was an Inn where Panera Bread and Walmart now stand, called, as I recollect, ‘Ye Olde York Inn’ with the date 1741 near the front door, the same year that the town of York was incorporated.

“I was only 10, but, already a history buff, was fascinated by this building, still a working Inn, imagined all the wayfarers and locals who once frequented this place, enjoying a rest upstairs, or a few brews and vittles and making conversation, telling stories of their adventures of the 18th century, laughing at human circumstance, meeting new people, enjoying life and also mourning the tragedies that were frequent during that time period.

“I envisioned myself as a likable wench, maybe serving them their grog and grub. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to walk through those doors, belly up to the bar, hoist a drink and toast the “ghosts” of those who stopped along the Lincoln Highway on their way to fulfill their future destiny or the locals who relished the camaraderie of friends. I thought by just being there, I could soak up some feeling or knowledge left there by former visitors and guests.

“Then one day, the unthinkable occurred. They were tearing down MY INN! I remember yelling. “NO!” wondering how could anyone destroy this wonderful piece of history for a parking lot. Later on, I learned that the building had been taken down and rebuilt on the grounds of the Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, a cemetery! I’ve been there to see the building. It’s not the same…”

It’s not a working tavern. It’s not inviting. It’s cold, she wrote.

“The ‘ghosts’ of the olde Inn haven’t traveled with it. There is no fun to be had at that cemetery. I mourn their loss, and regret that I will never meet them, except in my imagination… ,” she wrote.


Blog post of the day:
Only in York County’s Joan Concilio addresses queries about:

1. Berry’s (and not Bury’s) Restaurant
2. Following up on Lil’s hangout
3. Exact location of Hollander’s store

It’s a YesUV: York countians will soon see a van around the county, courtesy of the York Daily Record/Sunday News: Mobile Media Lab to accelerate county’s online evolution

Remember the drive-in in Springettbury? A new fire station is planned for Springettsbury Township. It’s located on a piece of land that many folks will remember: The old Stony Brook Drive-in.

Upcoming in Stewartstown: The railroad museum in that southeastern York County borough has scheduled an open house in June.

Answer to quiz above: Goldsboro and Jefferson are the two York County boroughs with parks or monuments in the middle of their squares.

*Abbottstown photo courtesy of the Hanover Evening Sun

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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One Response to What York County towns have monuments at their center? Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 13, 2012

  1. Stephen H. Smith says:

    I remember the Stony Brook Drive-in as one of my earliest memories. The Disneyland black & white TV show in the mid-50s ran a miniseries based on Davy Crockett. The episodes were later edited together and released theatrically in 1956. This release was the first movie I ever remember seeing on the big screen. I saw it at the Stony Brook Drive-in. Even though I had seen the miniseries on the small black & white TV at home, the excitement of seeing the same thing in color on a big screen was something for a six-year old. By 1972 I had just graduated from college; the Stony Brook Drive-in was still in occasional use. I wonder when the last movie was shown on the Drive-in screen? By 1972 the York Cinema Theatre was showing indoor movies in a building built in the entrance court to the Drive-in. This later became an AMC 4 Theatre. Also by 1972 at the rear of the York Mall there was a movie theater next to Montgomery Ward; it was called Trans-Lux. The Trans-Lux movie theater had huge screens when it opened; although eventually they were partitioned into additional smaller screens. Currently there are no movie theaters in the same general area.

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