Category Archives: Farms, fields & mills

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

Posted in Archives, all posts, Art & artists, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Susquehanna, waterways, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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?

Posted in Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Notable images, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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?

Posted in Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, People, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dutch Club’s story reflects changing life in York, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: Yorkbloggers win preservation award/Stately Biesecker Mill interests people The Dutch Club fire this week appears to have spelled the end of a York, Pa., landmark building. The club was founded as a gathering spot for Germans in … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Art & artists, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, Fires & firefighters, For photo fans, J. Horace Rudy, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Mail bag, Nostalgia & memories, People, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

5 things to know about Red Lion’s grand Fairmount Park

This is the view across Red Lion’s Fairmount Park. That’s the community war memorial (see below) seen prominently in the photo. And there’s a playground in the background, right. A water park can be seen in background, left. The popular … Continue reading

Posted in All politics is local, Archives, all posts, Books & reading, Events, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Unsung/obscure sites, War, Women's history, World War I, World War II | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Change in Springettsbury Township, Pa. – Then: Near Avalong Farms. Now: BAM and Big Lots!

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Gov. Tom Wolf in portrait/York famous food quiz Artist Cliff Satterthwaite labeled this photo as Avalong Homestead. I thought the Meadowbrook, now Christmas Tree Hill in that popular corner of Springettsbury Township deserved that label. So … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Art & artists, Cliff Satterthwaite, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Unsung/obscure sites, York County's Tom Wolf, YorkEats: Hogmaw & such | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 cool, unsung York County, Pa., sites to discover and explore

Northern York County, Pa.’s, Redlands Meetinghouse is not usually open, but a stroll around the grounds takes you back to another time. You’ll see strange stonework that allowed church-goers to step up onto horses and wagons and an old cemetery to walk … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Unsung/obscure sites, YorkEats: Hogmaw & such | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Like York City scenes, old York County postcards and Dempwolf architectural drawings? Check out these digital collections

This postcard is part of the York County, Pa., Heritage Trust’s extensive postcard collection – more than 1,300 of them – that is now online. They join these recently posted collections: Bibles, Dempwolf architectural drawings and York City Streets and Alleys images available via this search. These are not the first collections available on the Heritage Trust’s website. But they are certain to be popular topics for researchers and fans of county history. Yorkblogger June Lloyd’s, retired Heritage Trust archivist, assesses these recently posted online collections below.

Posted in Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Susquehanna, waterways, Wheels of York | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One small plot of Springettsbury Township ground, so many memories. And yes, that’s an airport you’re seeing

This York County, Pa. land bears several landmarks popular at the time of this 1950 photograph from a York Chamber of Commerce publication. Take your pick among these Springettsbury Township places. What’s can you ID here? Do any of these … Continue reading

Posted in Aircraft & airports, Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local landmarks, Nostalgia & memories, Quizzes & (fun) tests, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A York County Flag Day story: Vietnam War friend recalls Eckhard G. Brenker, who died in uniform

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Hanover Civil War walking tour/Spotting vintage items at yard sales All roads, indeed, lead to York. Well-known York countians Charlie  and Mary Anne Bacas were on a getaway in Rehoboth, Del., enjoying the Prime Hook National Wildlife … Continue reading

Posted in Antiquing & artifacts, Archives, all posts, Events, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Nostalgia & memories, Unsung/obscure sites, Vietnam War, War, Wheels of York | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments