Category Archives: American Revolution

Saber-wielding ‘Little Man’ stands high above rooftops in York, Pa.

This replica weather vane atop the Colonial Courthouse replica in York, Pa., is so prominent that it’s easy to miss. Dianne Bowders captured ‘the Little Man’ and told a bit about it original. Two questions: Where is the original displayed? … Continue reading

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Why study local history? Here’s how one York County school is doing it

Tom Melhorn, a local history teacher at Dallastown Area High School, says his students are curious about the Underground Railroad in York County. The William C. Goodridge House, pictured in this file photograph, is one of two York County sites … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving call of 1864 gained cold reception in York, Pa.

This was the extent of the York Gazette’s Thanksgiving Day notice. The Democratic newspaper opposed Lincoln’s war policies and did not warm up to his Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863 and its renewal a year later. Also of interest: Thanksgiving Day application … Continue reading

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Smart phones tell visual stories about York County’s deep history

York, Pa., Daily Record journalists, equipped with smart phones, deftly help cover the York County history front on their daily travels. The scenes above and below capture two moments from the scene of the events. The marker above describes the short-lived York Furnace Bridge that crossed the Susquehanna River in the 1850s.

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Spacious Central Market can become known for more than good food

Central Market served as a gathering place for 5,000 people in the late 1800s for religious services. Ever since reading that account, YorkTownSquare.com has advocated uses for the market that go well beyond the partial days that it is open … Continue reading

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

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.

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

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.

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Digging York County’s Camp Security: Spanish silver coin dated 1780

The dig continues at Springettsbury Township’s Camp Security, the prisoner-of-war camp that detained British prisoners from 1781-83. That Spanish silver coin, for example.

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Digging Camp Security: 10 ways to know more about York’s British POW camp

First they tilled the Springettsbury Township field, and then volunteers and trained archaeologists went to work. They found some 18th-century artifacts, significant because this could be the site of Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1781 to 1783.

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Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna: From Havre de Grace, Md., to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Actress Monika Ross is seen in the character of York County’s Amanda Berry in the play ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad.’ Dr. Dorothy King, a York native, will present about PennOwl Production’s play on Sept. 6. A news release says the drama tells the story of three slaves who traveled northward on the Susquehanna from Havre de Grace, Md. – where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay.

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