Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill, Part II

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After this YorkTownSquare.com post - Maryland nature center offers high dam, intact mill - I received this wonderfully composed photo of the Eden Mill Dam. It sits on Deer Creek in northern Maryland, but it has decided York County ties. The dam and nearby mill provided electricity for Fawn Grove in southeastern York County for years. Don McClure, the photographer, provided a couple of more photos of Eden Mill Nature Center on my Facebook page. Also of interest: Hello, York, Stewartstown, Pa., no longer calling.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Yorkblogger Stephen H. Smith offers some background on the milk bottle that turned up at the Camp Security archaeological project recently:

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s first piano came from York’s Weaver Organ Company

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In a 1996 scholarly paper, York College’s Van Baker said York native and Pulitzer Prizer winning composer Dominick Argento’s work ‘seem to find real people expressing their emotions clearly and convincing through song.’ Argento life and work was one of four topics covered in scholarly articles featured in the 2014 edition of the “Journal of York County Heritage” Also of interest: Dominick Argento believes piece for National Cathedral is his best.

Van Baker’s paper on Dominick Argento constructs a thoughtful view of York’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.

There’s a lot to take in from Baker’s story in the 2014 Journal of York County Heritage titled ‘An Artist’s Spotlight: Tracing Dominick Argento’s Musical Rise from York Roots.’

Here’s just one memorable detail from the York County Heritage Trust’s annual publication. Continue reading “Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento’s first piano came from York’s Weaver Organ Company” »

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New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

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Some months ago, Tom Gibson alerted us to the presence today of busybody mirrors, also called spionnetje, that were staples on building around York, Pa., decades ago. We found one on West Market Street near Union Lutheran Church. Just yesterday, Tom pointed out that one was posted on a building on East Market Street. So the hunt was on, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve walked by this mirror, at 262 E. Market, scores of times on my way to the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 E. Market. This one kind of blends into the building, a spionnetje hidden in plain sight. The mirror allowed upper story residents to see who was at the door or up or down the sidewalk below. Also of interest: New word here: spionnetje. And they were once all around York, Pa.

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York, Pa., loves its brick buildings. But do we know why they were built?

Some buildings – such as this fortress-like building – you just motor right by, not knowing why they were built or what is in there now. Except that some readers did! Click on the buttons to comment, like or share and press the ‘Goo.gl’ link if want to find the answer. Also of interest: Check out additional York County history quizzes an (fun) tests.

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Buildings, present and past are the favorite History Mystery topics on YDR’s Facebook page, where they were originally posted. That includes the covered bridge post. Covered bridges were a type of building!

Here are 5 more …

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York County’s Judicial Center opened 10 years ago. Can you believe it?

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The entrance to the York County Judicial Center leads to a grand experience in the building’s tall atrium. The judicial center opened 10 years ago in October, 2014. Also of interest: York County Courthouse, now Administrative Center. What do you call it?

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Time passes fast. It’s been 10 years since the York County Judicial Center opened, replacing the 100-year-old county courthouse as the home to the county’s court system.

Here is the short York Daily Record run the day of the dedication, Oct. 2, 2004, plus 5 more photos of the judicial center and old courthouse: Continue reading “York County’s Judicial Center opened 10 years ago. Can you believe it?” »

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Maryland’s Eden Mill Nature Center offers high dam, intact mill

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At YorkTownSquare, we like to help you discover new places to explore, to increase your sense of discovery about York County and surrounding areas? This one comes from a surrounding area – Pylesville, Md., just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s Eden Mill, part of the Eden Mill Nature Center. Eden Mill offers an interesting scene: An intact dam and three generations of milling equipment to view, according to a York Daily Record story. Here’s an excerpt from that story: ‘The original mill on this location was built in the early 1800’s to harness the power provided by Deer Creek. This building was destroyed by fire in 1905 and soon thereafter the present mill was built. In 1917 a corporation known as The Fawn Grove Light and Power Company, bought the mill and converted it into a power plant. This required new machinery and the rebuilding of the dam to greater height. The power plant continued to provide electricity to the Fawn Grove and New Park area until 1927. The generators used to provide this electricity still remain in the mill. After the power plant was no longer in use the mill was returned to its original purpose of grinding food products and animal feed.’ Also of interest: How mills and mill dams have long been a part of York County life.

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Two York, Pa., events tell one theme: Individuals can affect change

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Central Pennsylvania’s PennOwl Productions perform ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The role of the Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna River.’  The theater group will perform playwright Dorothy King’s production on Sept. 20 at York College. A presentation on the performance by King, a York native, at the York County Heritage Trust came a day after author Jeremy Courtney captivated an audience at First Presbyterian Church with a presentation on his non-profit agency’s work in making heart surgeries available to children in Iraq. As an aside, York countians have many opportunities to hear provocative presentations such as these if they link in with the newspaper or YDR.comAlso of interest: All Underground Railroad posts from the start.

Last weekend, people came together for two unrelated but instructive events on the same block in York city.

Different buildings. One was a church, the other a museum.

Both were highly attended, even against the York Fair, football games and other conflicting opportunities.

They were different moments, but they had a common theme: The power of individuals to make a difference. Continue reading “Two York, Pa., events tell one theme: Individuals can affect change” »

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2014 York Fair: 4 memorable scenes

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Matthew Meckley operates the very interesting York Fair Memories Facebook page. He also has drawn York Fair scenes each year since 2008. And he’s accustomed to taking home first or second place ribbons. His drawing above again earned him a blue ribbon this year. Check out his Memories Facebook album. And spend some time on his memories page, too. It’s loaded with photos and comments about this year’s York Fair – and past moments in this rite of York County’s September. Also of interest: Who performed at the fair in the year (fill in the blank).

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Three other memorable York Fair scenes and other links … .

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History mystery quiz: Test your York, Pa., smarts IQ

You never know what turns commenting on a Facebook post will take. When we posted on YDR Facebook a query about Ned Spangler, some playfully thought they saw a resemblance to the man who, fairly or unfairly, was implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln. Others noted his handcuffs. Check out the commenting on this quiz. If stumped about the answer, click on the “goo.gl” link for the answer. Same goes for other history mystery quizzes below. Also of interest: Check out these additional history mystery quizzes and (fun) tests.
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Check out these history mystery quizzes:

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Cameron Mitchell applause growing in York County: ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done’

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Grass-roots efforts to recognize York County native son Cameron Mitchell are gaining momentum in southern York County, where the acclaimed Hollywood actor grew up. A movie night, above, is planned to raise money for a scholarship in Mitchell name. And officials in Shrewsbury, Mitchell’s hometown, have named a street after him. ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done — perhaps renaming the entire complex in honor of a celebrity who spent a lot of time in that park,’ the York Daily Record/Sunday News wrote in an editorial about the actor . ‘But at least this is a start.’ Also of interest: More about Cameron Mitchell: Famed actor’s family members served in Civil War and Four photos give picture of Hollywood star Cameron Mitchell’s ties to York County.

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Stephen H. Smith over at YorksPast tells about the fair that Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburgers sold 4 1/2 tons of hamburgers. Continue reading “Cameron Mitchell applause growing in York County: ‘Honestly, it seems like more could be done’” »

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