Much history has happened on Accomac site: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, July 18, 2012

More neat stuff, below: Chambersburg reenactment/Jeff Koons’s BMW/Book blasts

The Accomac Inn and the area around that landmark on the Susquehanna River has captured attention of the public for decades – centuries. Red Lion’s Michael Maloney is one of those folks, and he turned his interest into a book: ‘Across the River: Murder at Accomac.’ His 480-page book covers the history of the Accomac property from 1722 to today. In an email, Mike wrote that the first part of the non-fiction book (it contains some chapters of historical fiction) covers up to May 31, 1881. The book covers the murder of Emily Myers by John Coyle on Memorial Day, 1881, and the subsequent trial and execution of Coyle. The last part of the book brings the property up to the present. A neat Facebook page is associated with the self-published book showing photographs of the Accomac area. For details, contact Mike at Also of interest: The view from Chickies Rock: Little Pittsburgh on the banks of the Susquehanna River?

Neat stuff from all over …

The annual reenactment of the Confederates’ burning of Chambersburg is set for Saturday. Check out this Chambersburg Public Opinion story about the reenactment, undertaken with lasers.

The burning of Chambersburg is sometimes anachronistically used to justify the surrender of York to the rebels in 1863. York’s city father were concerned Gen. Jubal Early would burn York, so that thinking fostered the surrender. And to be fair, the Confederates had burned political foe Thaddeus Stevens’ iron furnace in Franklin County on their way to York.

But at that point in the war – in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 – the Confederates were not in the mode of destroying civilian-owned property.

But the Confederates in Chambersburg, also under Early’s command – burned Chambersburg. But that was 12 months after the occupation of York, and the mood of the war had changed.

So discussion about York’s fathers surrender of their borough continues.

How to get it published: Join editors of the York Daily Record/Sunday News for the seminar How to Get it Published in the York Daily Record/Sunday News 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9. The free session is designed for those responsible for publicity at area clubs, teams, organizations, businesses and agencies. Register by Aug. 3 at

Book Blast: The York County Heritage Trust’s annual used book sale is coming up. Put the Book Blast on your August calendar.

And the Bookworm Frolic, too: The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s annual sale is set for August too. Check out Bookworm Frolic.

Koons again in news: Track internationally known pop artist Jeff Koons and you’ll find that he regularly makes the news. Check out his role in designing BMW’s Art Car.

Forum of the day: The goofy HoodiePillow is the most recent made-in-York County product that is making headlines: . York countians have made weird, everyday and usually useful stuff over the years. What is your favorite locally made or grown item? (Candy and food is eligible, too.) Please comment below. Btw, here’s one of those arcane, but needed products from York: Torpedo, bomb loader, made in York, Pa., turns up in Tennessee museum .

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4 Responses to Much history has happened on Accomac site: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, July 18, 2012

  1. Stephen H. Smith says:

    I’m looking forward to purchasing a copy of Michael Maloney’s book. My Smith grandparents had a bungalow located up river from Accomac. The history of that area has always fascinated me. My grandparents lived in the City of York and had a large family of 11 children. My Grandfather built his weekend bungalow in 1930 on leased land for a small amount of money by recycling material from an old building being torn down in York. At one time that building was part of Billmeyer and Smalls Rail Car Shops, near the train station in York. With numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, there were always large group gatherings and sleep-overs during the summer at this wonderful bungalow along the shores of the Susquehanna River. One tradition was a long walk each weekend; either walking the unpaved road up river to Wildcat Falls or down river to Accomac. I remember playing in Accomac Inn’s rustic picnic shelter, complete with piano, at the foot of Accomac Road and hearing comments from my aunts and uncles about how that area was quite the place years ago.

    • Jim McClure says:

      One of the most interesting contrasts in that area is the stately Accomac and the lowly Broken Oar downstream. Any stories about how the Oak came to be there?/Jim

      • Stephen H. Smith says:

        It is my understanding that the Broken Oar began as a little store with a small bait and tackle shop, or maybe it was a small bait and tackle shop with a little store. Either way it was primarily a gathering place for local fisherman that frequented the adjacent boat access ramp. During the 50s and 60s, if our walks went as far downriver as that store, we’d stop in and get a soda or ice cream. When my older cousins brought dates to the bungalow, it was not unusual for them to take the rowboat just before sunset and let the flow of the river slowly float them down the Susquehanna River to this boat access ramp. At the appointed time someone would drive down to the boat ramp to retrieve the rowboat, since we did not have a telephone at the bungalow. Imagine that, summer weekends with family at an isolated bungalow along the Susquehanna River, and with no telephone and no television. I wouldn’t trade those weekends for anything.

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