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On our 10th-year anniversary of blogging, York Town Square is moving to another platform on the York Daily Record’s brand new website, WWW.YDR.com.

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Abe Lincoln was here: Really, he was – in Hanover Junction. This garden reminds you of his visit

Linked in/Neat stuff: Where is George Washington Memorial Plaza?/Unsung York Town Craftsmen Guild profiled This garden, easy to overlook, is tucked near the road and the historic train station at Hanover Junction. Its focus point is a bust of Abraham … Continue reading

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Big barns in Library of Congress photograph identified as Avalongs in Springettsbury Township

These barn photos are part of a recent picture release from Yale University of Library of Congress photos from the 1930s and 1940s. They were commissioned by the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information. The photographs often lack detailed caption information, such as this one, which was labeled as a large dairy barn in York County, Pa. But this photo looks like Avalong barns in Springettsbury Township.

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Award-winning Manchester Township Historical Property Review: ‘This stately house was the home of Dr. Adam Eisenhart’

This is the 1800s home of Dr. Adam Eisenhart, now part of the Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene’s campus in Manchester Township, Pa. It’s among scores of properties on the Manchester Township Historical Society’s Historical Property Review. A digital file on the building lists the property of high historical value. ‘According to census data and genealogy research, the 1860 owner was Dr. Adam Eisenhart, 1811-1872. His wife was Leah Ferry (or Ferree), 1820-1882,’ the property review states. The historical society’s review consists of a mapped, searchable database of such historical structures.

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York’s rural Loucks Road has grown into busy Route 30, making this horse-drawn carriage scene rare

Linked in/Neat stuff below: Underground Railroad tour/Tapeworm Road ranch ‘A Horse drawn hearse built in 1913 makes it’s way down Route 30 in York,’ York, Pa., Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel tweeted. Before he died, New Cumberland resident and horse … Continue reading

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York Airport’s runway: A rare view of its other end

Anyone who has driven on Route 30, the old Lincoln Highway, west of York is familiar with the York Airport. Planes come in right over the roof of your car. But what’s at the other end of the runway? That … Continue reading

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Two bird’s-eye views of York, Pa.: One familiar, one pretty well hidden

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Who is that History Mystery man?/York, Pa.’s tobacco culture The view from above York, Pa., courtesy of a drone, brings you photographs of the familiar. That’s Santander Stadium at 12 o’clock. But it also brings views that … Continue reading

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Thomasville-area’s Biesecker’s Mill: ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it’

Biesecker’s Mill is one of the most architecturally interesting mills standing in York County, Pa., today. An adaptive reuse plan to convert it into apartments is in limbo, though. ‘It’s a unique property, but evidently it’s so unique that no bank will touch it. So we’re kind of stuck here,’ owner Eric Bickleman told the York Daily Record. The rangy, pre-Civil War mill measures in at 17,000-square-feet. So with its future unclear (a GoFundMe site is set up), we’ll look at its past. The book ‘Millers’ Tales’ gives these facts about the mill. Products made there in its milling days: White Lily and White Swan flour, Yorko Dog Food, Golden Corn mill. Types of milling done there: grist, saw and distillery. The Biesecker in the name comes from one of its owners, John Biesecker

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This York County, Pa., mystery estate sits on a hillside, but its putting green is flat

This beautiful ‪‎York County, Pa.,‬ estate, now a library and wedding venue, retains the putting green used by its owner. Where is this hillside estate? Have you been up there for an event?

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This showpiece York County, Pa., barn burned down about a decade ago

This was one of ‪York County, Pa.‬’s best-known barns – and we have many grand barns – before it burned to the ground in 2006. It was visible from a major road and intended to be an accessible county showpiece. Where did this barn stand? Memories of this very public farm, in the past or present?

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