Category Archives: Farms & fields

Nature took down two York County landmarks in Billy Foust’s town

Linked in/Neat stuff: Gettysburg museum to close/York’s love affair with oysters This photograph, sans foliage, gives a clear view of what’s left of the smokestack in Foustown after lightning crashed into its top in 2012 and a demolition team took … Continue reading

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Ye York Valley Inn scrubbed up well for noted artist

Springettsbury Township’s York Valley Inn went up before 1750 to serve travelers in wagons moving from east to west, and it came down in the 1960s because of those travelers in automobiles needed more road, and many travelers had stayed … Continue reading

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Along York’s West Philadelphia Street: One spot says a lot

Linked in/Neat stuff: Tanger Hardware building’s tenant/Fire equipment displayed Ten years ago, this scene captured one of several new projects sprouting around York. It says a lot. You have the Susquehanna Commerce Center, prime professional office space, that went up on … Continue reading

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History Mystery people of York County, Pa.: Test your knowledge

This week’s History Mystery quiz focuses on people. It’s amazing – and a bit sad – that once well-known York countians pass from the public scene and blend into history. So consider this quiz – and other YorkTownSquare.com posts an effort to remind folks of those who built this county. (OK, there are a couple of places in here, too.)

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This photo surely shows York County at its best, Part III

Linked in/Neat stuff: Spring Grove Museum /White Rose Photo Engravers This postcard scene shows a rite of all around York County, Pa. – wagon rides through the countryside. This scene shows such a scenic trip at Brown’s Orchards Yellow Church … 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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New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

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.

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Ike Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40: This tractor was not for sale

Dwight D. Eisenhower probably never drove this 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40 tractor, but it was part of his Gettysburg farm at the the time of his death. The Evening Sun in Hanover reported that it was on display with other antiques that were part of Adams County farmer Stanley Wolf’s collection.

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How York Fair looked from the air in 1932, Part II

This is another 1932 York Fair photograph, courtesy of the York County Heritage Trust. What might be just as absorbing as the uncovered bandstand across the the 1926 grandstand is the area outside the York Fair’s fence. Look north in all directions, and there just isn’t much to see other than farmland. Anything else catch your eye? Please comment below. The aerial view was captured by the Madison Bay Company of East Berlin.

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York County quiz II: Check out your local history smarts

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. No York County place sparks more conversation on social media than this wonderful place. Many York countians have visited this estate, and they come back with stories they’ll readily share. The York Daily Record … Continue reading

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