John J. Snyder Jr. tall case clock exhibit: ‘A simple design can tell you a lot’

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John J. Snyder Jr. collected a hall-of-fame lineup of tall case clocks in his day. The works of John Fisher, Godfrey Lenhart and Jacob Hostetter, all clockmakers with York County connections, are part of that collection. Now, 14 grandfather clocks from the Snyder collection are on display at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St. a York, Pa., Daily Record story on the exhibit noted that many dealers collect 10 to 20 such clocks. Snyder collected hundreds. The clocks are works of art and loaded with history. ‘A simple design can tell you a lot,’ the Trust’s Dan Roe told the YDR. This clock’s face bears hand-painted birds. It comes from the hands of another York County hall-of-fame craftsman and inventor Jonathan Jessop. Check out this photo gallery about the exhibit: ‘A Timeless Collection.’ Also of interest: Many have seen this clock tower, but can you locate it?


A YouTube video of the John J. Snyder Jr. tall case close exhibit going up at the York County Heritage Trust.

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Burning of Chambersburg in Civil War: ‘It’s hard to imagine the destruction’

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Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederates burned Chambersburg, Pa., 150 years ago this week. ‘It’s hard to imagine the destruction that followed the burning of Chambersburg by Confederate troops on July 30, 1864. The fire destroyed 550 structures, left 2,000 people homeless and resulted in more than $750,000 in lost property,’ the Public Opinion in Chambersburg wrote in: The Burning of Chambersburg: 150 years later. A year earlier, Early’s men occupied York, Pa., about 50 miles to the East.  The burned out Franklin County courthouse is shown above. The courthouse today, below. Also of interest: Pro/Con: Should York’s leaders have surrendered to the Confederates?

The Confederate move on Washington, D.C., in July 1864, brought great concern to York County and other south central border counties in Pennsylvania.

Refugees started moving through the county to safety east of the Susquehanna River.

This was the third straight summer the threat of a Confederate invasion had caused such movement.

This was the third straight summer the threat of a Confederate invasion had caused such movement.

Actually, it was more than a threat.

 

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How Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Earl Shaffer gripped the ‘Mane of Life’

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Earl Shaffer, a York native, is credited as the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Here he is seen in 1948, at the northern end of the trail, Mount Katahdin in Maine. David Donaldson and Maurice J. Forrester have written ‘A Grip on the Mane of Life,’ a biography of Shaffer. Donaldson will present about Shaffer’s life and times at 2 p.m., Sunday, at the Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners. The museum includes Shaffer artifacts. These details came from the York Daily Record story: Earl Shaffer biography. Also of interest: Earl Shaffer’s legend lives on and First Appalachian Trail through hiker: ‘Mention the name Earl Shaffer, it’s awe, integrity, respect’.

 

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Stone Mill 1792 and other wedding venues: York, Pa.’s, location remains a great asset

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The Stone Mill 1792 in Codorus Township Monday July 21, 2014. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

This restored mill looks great from the road. Same thing close up. The York, Pa., Daily Record received a tour of this wedding venue and came up with this lineup of photographs showing this impressive place. Stone Mill 1792 is one of several wedding venues opening around York County. But York County isn’t in danger of having too many such venues, a YDR story states.  The county, because of its central location, can draw brides-to-be from Baltimore and Philadelphia, as well as locally, a wedding planner told the YDR. Interesting. For centuries, York County’s location has been one of its greatest assets. See an additional photo of the stone mill’s interior – a vaulted room – below. Also of interest: York County has long been in the middle of things.

 

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5 more history mysteries to test your York smarts

 

Last week, I posted five history mystery quizzes originally posed to YDR Facebook readers. This week, the first two – the one above and immediately below – were posted to my Facebook page. I put past posts on YDR Facebook and the daily posts on my page. Many also go on my Twitter stream. I hope you enjoy and engage by clicking on comments, likes and share. And remember, click on the “goog.le” link, if stumped. Also of interest: Check out this YorkTownSquare.com category of other local history quizzes and such.

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Maybe now you’ll notice this York County, Pa. outdoor art as you drive by

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FlipsidePa.com offers this game: Can you spot York County’s art? This mural observes the influence of railroading in New Freedom borough. In that small town, the Northern Central Railway and the Stewartstown Railroad met for about 125 years starting in the 1800s. Farmers and other agribusinesses from Fawn Grove to New Freedom could transport their goods via the Stewartstown RR to the Northern Central, later the Pennsylvania Railroad. Today, the Stewartstown Railroad is reviving and the old Northern Central has become York County main rail trail and offers Steam into History excursion services. Maybe southern York County’s New Freedom will again become a railroad town. This mural – on the side of Marlin’s Auto Center – ties all this together. For 5 other examples of public art in this quiz, check out: York County art. Also of interest: Unveiling hidden art about York Pa.

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York County has a love affair with many things. Furniture making is one of our longtime passions, as evidenced in this comment by Mike Henry on YorkTownSquare’s More Local History page:

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Fire in a York, Pa., box car filled with apples and beans: ‘Here was a thriller’

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York’s Vigilant fire company, captured here in this Picturing York before-and-after slider, has done heroic work for years. But there was a moment in the late 1800s when townspeople bailed out the fire company. Yorkblogger June Lloyd told about the response to a fire in a box car filled with apples and beans: ‘I guess it is kind of embarrassing if your horse-drawn fire engine runs away, is stopped by a collision with your other engine and has to be people-drawn to the fire. That’s what happened to York’s Vigilant Fire Co. in the late 1800s.’ June provided a newspaper account with her 2011 post that led with: ‘Here was a thriller!’ For details, check out June’s 2011 post: York’s Vigilant Fire Engines Collide . And for more about this Picturing York segment check out: Vigilant. Also of interest: York’s worst blaze struck 150 years ago.

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A bit more from June Lloyd.

This was the headline on a recent Universal York post: ‘York County history has some dark sides.’

Her post tells about a Klan rally in North York in 1939.

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This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best

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Spring Garden Band, York, Pa.

Love this photo. Fireworks. Baseball. Community band. And one of York County’s most feted musical groups – the Spring Garden Band – at that. A new generation getting involved. Where’s the apple pie? This is surely York, Pa., at its best. This York Daily Record photograph is part of a YDR.com story - Towns band together to share love of music: ‘There was a time when almost every community had its own band. They marched in Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades and held free concerts in the band hall and on the town green. That was then. This is now, and many of those bands have gone the way of the covered wagon and the Tin Lizzy. But York County still has a good number of local bands around. The members continue to play and march and perform to the delight of the crowd.’ Also of interest: York County community bands play on.

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Doug Tomb came across a YorkTownSquare.com post of an early York County motorized vehicle that matched his interest: Continue reading “This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best” »

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Check out this bird’s-eye view of a young Susquehannock High School

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This aerial view shows Susquehannock High School in its early years. The high school came as part of the consolidations of York County and other Pennsylvania schools in the 1950s. Interestingly, York-based Buchart-Horn/BASCO Associaties (as it’s known today) designed this school and many others around its home county. In company history ‘Breaking Ground,’ Georg Sheets’ list of B-H high school buildings includes: York Suburban, Central, Spring Grove, Eastern, Northeastern and Red Lion. Susquehannock’s grounds are instructive. Fissel’s, a one-room school put out of business by consolidation, was left standing near the state-of-the-art Susquehannock High School. So there’s an intriguing generational contrast. This aerial photo hangs in the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society’s museum. Students from the old Glen Rock school attended Susquehannock. Also of interest: Here’s a photo of a the old Fissel’s one-room school and the spanking new Susquehannock High School and See this slew of aerial scenes from around York County and Duke and Randy Edsall, Susquehannock grads, make national sports news.

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Buchart-Horn had its start in Yoe.

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When trolley cars clanged all around York County, Pa.

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One hundred years ago, York County’s trolley system stretched from Bittersville to the southeast to Dover in the northeast. Then from Littlestown in Adams County and Hanover in the southwest to Wrightsville in the east. Here in this special before-and-after slider is the trolley line toward Wrightsville. It shows a car on East Market Street at Harrison Street in 1939, the year the last trolley ran in York County. That’s the old Lincoln Highway Garage, right, in the old photo and the Turkey Hill in the new. The convenience store adapted some elements of the old garage that sat on that site since the early 1920s. Check out other stories and photos in this series: Picturing York. (1939 photo courtesy York County Heritage Trust). Also of interest: Trolleys, trains and automobiles linked Wrightsville and York.

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