Monthly Archives: December 2013

When ‘Sauer Kraut’ loaned its name to this Pennsylvania Dutch neighborhood in York

This view, looking north on South George Street shows York, Pa.’s, ‘Sauer Kraut Hill’ today. Edwin Greiman gave the boundaries of the largely German neighborhood in the late 1800s as running on South George Street between Maple and South streets. The district is hardly a hill but is part of the elevation as George Street rises from its Codorus Creek crossing. St. Mary’s Church is slightly north of Greiman’s boundaries. But this church, popular with German Catholics, attests to the German concentration in that part of York. Greiman’s ‘Memoirs’ show how Penn Park served as a playground for youngsters in the neighborhood.

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How do you move a historic building? 3 York/Adams examples show it can be done

It’s a tree of Christmas past at the log house at Dover Community Park in Dover Township, Pa. In this 2010 photograph, the Dover Garden Club had decorated the tree with natural ornaments.

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York County’s 3 rail excursion experiences: Can we sustain them?

The Stewartstown Railroad opened its station and offered motorcar rides earlier this month. The railroad will do so gain today, weather permitting. It is one of three railroads in York County to offer excursion rides of some type.

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Bright York County beacon atop a high tower directed pilots in air, defined community on ground

This landmark beacon atop a high tower was a welcome sight for pilots and helped define the close-knit Conewago Township community of Zion View below. Norma Bear Gates has written that the tower consisted of a main light and two smaller lights. The tower, she wrote, came down in 1970.

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The view from this York, Pa. mansion’s front porch

The Frey family, owners of a coal business in York, Pa., lived in this mansion for three generations. It later became offices for Buchart-Horn. Now a restaurant is moving in this South Richland Street mansion, appropriately called the Front Porch Cafe.

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Far from Red Lion, Pa., this Red Lion Inn stands in Stockbridge, Mass., Part II

Linked in/Neat stuff: Anchor drop on New Year’s?/Cutest photo of the year This Christmas scene of the picture postcard worthy Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., captured the eyes of two photographers. As far as is known, the inn is … Continue reading

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In this Christmas season of miracles, a miraculous York County story

Christians believe Christmas is the story of a miracle. They believe God sent his son, Jesus, into the world – an infant born in a remote stable, God made flesh. Many Christians believe miracles happen today, and some York countians point to a real- life example – the recent healing of Spring Garden Township’s Paul Miller. These four photographs tell a piece of Paul Miller’s story, really a Christmas story bearing Christmas themes of hope in Jesus, goodwill, community and, yes, the miraculous.

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All about the York Factory Whistle in 10 quick links

Whistlemaster Don Ryan sports a new look, tux and all, in recognition of the York Factory Whistle’s new location on Metso in York, Pa. It was move this year from its longtime home at New York Wire on East Market Street. Another change this year is that the public can see the whistle as it operates on compressed air and the whistlemaster as he performs.

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Rural York County, Pa.: A lot happened in this one spot

Check out this old postcard photograph of the Mt Pleasant Lutheran Church, courtesy of Stewartstown Historical Society’s Doug Winemiller. That building sat on Route 24 between Winterstown and Stewartstown in Rinely, opposite its successor, St. Paul Lutheran Church. Doug located the church, whose congregation was organized in 1857, in front of the cemetery.

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Glen Rock Carolers make the BBC: ‘We perform our carols … to preserve the tradition’

The Glen Rock Carolers will stroll the streets of their southern York County, Pa., again after midnight on Christmas Day. Midnight and thereafter on Christmas Day serves as an interesting intersection of two quaint rites of the season in York County. About 15 miles north, the York Factory Whistle concert kicks off at about the same time. Both customers catch the ears of newspeople. The Glen Rock Carol Singers were featured on a recent BBC broadcast.

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