Foustown: Glen Rock-area company town, now ghost town – Linked in to York County history, 3/18/13

Gettysburg 150/Sought-after Samurai sword/Shinah Etting

Foustown, near Glen Rock, was a bustling distillery hamlet 100 years ago. Today, it’s like this most of the time. The most action Foustown has seen in years came in 2012 when the smokestack, left, weakened by lightning, was partially demolished. You can see what’s left – it’s a company town that has become a virtual ghost town. One hundred years from now if the short stack still stands, what will people think its purpose was? For a view of what the village looked like in its prime, check out: Foustown now a ghost town: Raid there once netted 300 barrels of quality firewater. and Pottery put Foustown, the other Foustown in Manchester Township, on the map.

Neat stuff from all over:

Christina Cazem noticed an auction item in a yorktownsquare.com post that belonged to her family – a samurai sword:

“The article posted on 09/27/2011 on the yorkblog.com shows a picture of a Samurai sword.

This sword was inscribed by my late grandfather Ponce Cazem. It is of great interest to our family to find out the whereabouts of the sword today. If there is any information you may be able to provide it would be much appreciated.

If you have info about the sword, contact Christina.

Anniversary tales: Those Civil War 150 stories keep coming:

– This story discusses a couple with a dream home: Living on hallowed ground in Gettysburg

– And this one shows businesses vying for tourism dollars from the June/July 150th anniversary in Gettysburg: Area businesses contend for Civil War dollars.

– How many porta potties does one town need? Gettysburg debates this small, but urgent matter.

Blog post of the day: Yorkblogger June Lloyd has an interesting profile about Shinah Etting, a 18th-century York County woman who we know something about.

The National Park Service followed its own demolition of the old Cyclorama building, with a video (seen here), blog post and more. The blog stated: WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS AN UNFORGETTABLE VIDEO. It began: “Whew, it’s been a long time coming!” Wrong tone, here. It sounds a little too gleeful. Many well-meaning people saw the Cyclorama building as an architectural accomplishment that if lost, should only be lost with regret.

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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8 Responses to Foustown: Glen Rock-area company town, now ghost town – Linked in to York County history, 3/18/13

  1. Betsy Baird says:

    The only Foustown I knew of was the small community arond Greenbrier Rd. Fortunately, at that time, houses did not cover the whole area the way they now do! Mother and I would get lost around that area. And we were looking at the rich clay soil along the sides of the road. Days now gone forever.

  2. Mike Beshore says:

    Interestingly enough. “The” 1860 map shows two places as “G.Pfaltzgraff” and a third noted as “pottery” in Betsy’s Foustown in Manchester Twp. Was this due to the red clay in this area that Betsy talks of ?

  3. Billy Foust’s Distillery will be presented by John Hufnagel and John Blevins on the history and lore of the once famous York County Distillery in Glen Rock. Presentation will be at the Thursday March 21st Meeting of the Red Lion Area Historical Society. The meetings are open to the public free of charge. Location is St. John’s UCC Church on North Main Street in Red Lion at 7:30 PM. Parking lot and entrance are to the rear of the church. Please enter through the alley.

  4. Betsy Baird says:

    Thanks, Jim! I have a small booklet of the Pottery Hill store on the hill on West Market St., near where the Rt. 30 interchange later was built. Guess that is what gave the area around there the name of “Pottery Hill”. They sold nice china, gifts, and Pfaltzgraff items. You could readily find replacements for china and other items you had, as well as the famed Pfaltzgraff pottery pieces. We liked to buy the flower pots. For some reason, I never cared for the store after they moved it to the Avalong barn. Think the old Pottery Hill had things set out in a more formal way, and the sunshine really shone through the windows to brighten everything up even more yet.

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