Category Archives: Antiquing & artifacts

Behind the scenes at York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank building

This landmark Continental Square building in York started as First National Bank in the 1920s. It weathered the Depression and then its signs changed several times over the years. Citizens Bank was the last shingle to hang there, removed in 2012. Now developer Derek Dilks is looking to give the building new life, planning a restaurant and apartments. That would represent a major change of life and activity to York’s main square, which has experienced much life and activity since the town was founded in 1741.

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Renovating Abbottstown’s Peter Ickes House: Log construction discovery was a ‘thrilling experience’

James Fritz is a researcher and writer of history. And he lives in a 1700s house near the square in Adams County’s Abbottstown. ‘My new two story log and stone home was located near the town square and the stone half of the dwelling had all the hallmarks of an early structure of Pennsylvania German/Swiss heritage,’ he writes.

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Original Yorkblog.com history writer now doing ‘something completely different’ a decade later

Also below: See photo of Saginaw’s Meadowbrook Pool, from Joan Concilio’s Only in York County blog Yorkblogger June Lloyd writes about a lot of interesting things in York County’s past. A specialty is to keep readers informed worldwide about Camp … Continue reading

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York County filled with diverse museums with their slate clocks, slate boards, prison bars and old cabooses

Delta’s Old Line Museum displays artifacts that tell about this southeastern York County, Pa.’s, diverse history – from Welsh slate mining to Ma & Pa Railroad history. Its inside prize is the slate clock – the Humphrey Pritchard clock. Its … Continue reading

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Obscure York, Pa., building served as nationally known artist J. Horace Rudy’s studio

Noted York County, Pa., artist J. Horace Rudy operated his art studio at 601 North Hartley Street in the first third of the 20th century. Charlie Bacas, a longtime resident of The Avenues, emailed this photo noting a vestige of Rudy’s time there – the leaded glass extension. Rudy specialized in works with glass, and his stained glass legacy appears in churches and homes around York County. This obscure building serves as another example of a now-obscure building or house around the county where a man or a woman of accomplishment did great things.

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This cityscape art featuring York’s Central Market hangs in … York’s Central Market

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Big auction in Biglerville/An archives awaiting discovery Yes, there’s artwork popping up everywhere around the city of York, Pa. And the art pictured here is appropriately in the Market/Arts District.  Penn Mar Human Services recently assembled … Continue reading

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York County’s Stone Mill 1792: A room with a view. In fact, many of them

Linked in/Neat stuff: Endangered Civil War museum/Hake’s big-time auction house When we’ve posted stories and photos about The Stone Mill 1792 in the past, people show great interest. No wonder. This place is beautiful. This historic former mill in Glenville … Continue reading

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YorkTownSquare.com stories you like best: 10 most-viewed posts so far in 2015

The Red Lion Country Club’s banquet hall erupts in flames in February, as captured by  Yoe Fire Company Deputy Chief Grant Gouker. News and analysis about this fire attracted widespread interest, demonstrated by a No. 4 ranking among all YorkTownSquare.com … Continue reading

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Replicating Lincoln in Gettysburg: A Red Lion artist is working to reproduce ‘The Man’

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Steps at Indian Steps Museum/Camp Security stockade is elusive Brian Griffin is a Red Lion, seen here, is an exhibit specialist for the National Park Service, another important artist with York County, Pa., ties. The county … Continue reading

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In their day, these old York, Pa., lamp posts were works of art

You see these old utility poles bearing new street lamps around town. You squint and realize that in their day, they were special. They still bear an element of their original craftsmanship, although this one outside Central Market on North … Continue reading

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