The Avenues in York: ‘We are proud of the sense of community’ – Linked in to York County history, Oct. 6, 2012

More stuff below: Adams barn dance/Farmers markets/Factory whistle

The Avenues, in Northwest York, is the birthplace of Memorial Hospital, Out Door Country Club and numerous notable York countians. Avenues Neighborhood Association is proud of its past and wants to show off its present in a sequel to a successful 2010 Historic Avenues Tour of Homes. Check out avenuesyork.com for details about the Oct. 20 event. ‘We are proud of the sense of community that exists here in the Avenues, and we thank you for joining us,’ Mary Anne Bacas, association president, said in a Tour of Homes booklet. Above, a Colonial Revival Georgian Style home, one of the tour’s stops, is shown. The 1914 home was originally owned by John F.C. Elmerbrink who was in the leaf tobacco and cigar making businesses. It’s currently the Boulding Mortuary. (See an additional photograph of a home on the tour below.) Also of interest: West Side Sanitarium, later West Side Osteopathic and later Memorial Hospital born in The Avenues in York and Where was the Out Door Country Club first located?

Neat stuff from all over … .

A relative newcomer to York emailed with a common request. I’m moving into an old farmhouse, and I want to know more about it. How do I do that?

I suggested he check out:

- Historic York. The non-profit has files on historic homes based on in-person surveys around the county. They could tell you via phone whether they have such a file on your house.

- York County Heritage Trust has vast files about historic properties, including a database that could tell you pretty quickly what’s in their files on your property.

“Those are the two first places I would go,” I wrote in an email.

“Good luck!”

A big barn dance: Adams County treasures its beautiful barns, even holding fundraisers for their preservation. So check out today’s Civil War Barn Dance fundraiser.

Whistle again: The people who have funded the New York Wire factory whistle concerts for the future say the whistle has a future despite the closing of New York Wire’s East Market Street plant. See York Factory Whistle concert to continue and listen to its mournful carols via video.

Forum of the day: Craft breweries will be able to sell their brew in Central Market and other farmers markets, if a bill in Pa.’s legislature passes: . Would you buy from such brewers if they had stands in Central, Farmers and other area farmers markets?


Prairie Home architectural is a feature of this year’s tour of the The Avenues. Neighborhood resident and Lady Linden owner Jim Leaman writes in the tour booklet about this style: ‘Prairie houses are built of brick or masonry and emphasize a horizontal look; have wide eyes and roofs with one or more dormers.’ This house, built in 1913, was first owned by Abraham Jandorff.

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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