Category Archives: Farms, fields & mills

Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: True York County Crime, 1866/Hoke House’s history Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, … Continue reading

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They aren’t making the Hoke Houses of the world anymore

Preservation work is underway on Spring Grove’s Hoke House, the landmark 18th-century stone building that some folks remember as that area’s former library. Or maybe we should say, stabilization work is underway. At any rate, there’s a plan to keep this venerable Pennsylvania building in place dependent on meeting certain conditions.

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York County World War II-era pictures make you feel you’re marching with the military

YorkTownSquare has put up a past post with a black and white photo of the marchers in Dallastown, Pa., post World War II. And also posted is a colorized version of that picture that covers a wall in the Metro Bank near Interstate 83 and South Queen Street in York Township. But above we have them together – an interesting comparison. You feel you’re marching with the military. The colorization of local scenes is a successful program by Metro Bank to capture community. How do we know it works? If you click on the comments button from the York Daily Record Facebook page above, you’ll find a community conversation about the photos, including a picture from a resident, Angie Deller Neff, with an arrow identifying her great uncle.

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Old kilns and furnaces around York/Adams point to major enterprises in the past

The counties of York/Adams were dotted with all kinds of furnaces and kilns in their past – a loose combination of agribusiness, mining and manufacturing. Perhaps the best-known is Codorus Furnace. But smaller kilns were virtually everywhere. Consider the remains of an old kiln along the Susquehanna Trail near Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in Manchester Township. And consider the pottery giant Pfaltzgraff that grew its business from baking ore in kilns or ovens. And those old kilns near the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville. Artist Cliff Satterthwaite captures a vestige of Adams County brick making, circa 1970. They sat on the left ‘before you’re into Gettysburg rt 30.’ He added: ‘(I)t’s a needle in a brick kiln’ if they’re there now… .’ Satterthwaite’s technique in this photo illustration was to take two slides and combine them into one, using computer software.

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How historic York County farming, railroading is engaging with the service, information age

This image, courtesy of Google Maps, came to light with a York, Pa., Daily Record story about vehicle vandalism at this York County Heritage Rail Trail parking area a few months ago. The Brillhart Station scene caught my eye because it shows a 21st-century re-use of former agricultural and industrial land. That popular York Township parking lot, park and rail trail section show the transition from ag (farming) and industrial use (railroading) to recreation use. It’s a snapshot of how York County’s economy is changing from its historic agricultural and industrial roots to service and information uses.

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Hyson School: One of oldest one-room schools in York County, state?

Doug Winemiller of the Stewartstown, Pa., Historical Society flagged Hyson’s School in East Hopewell Township as a one-room school of particular note. This photo of the Round Hill Church Road School appeared in the first in the series of the … Continue reading

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Art and artists making the news in York, Pa.

 Cliff Satterthwaite captured this scene and the one below in the East Prospect Street/Mount Rose area. Has this scene changed? the former Yorker now living out of state asked. Yes, quite a bit, with more interchange work coming. Also of … Continue reading

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In search of understanding about growing and milling hemp in York County’s past

Les Stark, a marijuana activist in Pennsylvania, believes this photograph shows an old hemp mill. Mark Walters of The Evening Sun in Hanover is seeking more information on this mill, originally published in this YorkTownSquare spread about the Colonial Valley Mill in Menges Mills. The sellers of the Heidelberg Township mill, now under new ownership, believed this was part of the Colonial Valley operation

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This mystery photo of a country scene surely shows York County at its best, Part 4

York County, Pa., has many scenes such as this, but you have to take a second to pull the vehicle off the road to enjoy them. Don McClure did just that, with a camera in his hand, and in so doing, he captured this wonderful country scene.

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Hex Murder painting effectively captures terrible York County moment

York County’s Brett Greiman painted this scene of the Hex Murder of 1928 – a terrible moment in which a trio attacked and killed a farmer, a suspected witch, in an attempt to break a spell they believe he had … Continue reading

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