Category Archives: Farms, fields & mills

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

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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

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Springettsbury Township again focal point of preservationist v. developer debate

Springettsbury Township sits along an early path for settlers to travel south and west. So that route, the Monocacy Road, Lincoln Highway and Route 462 created an avenue for development along its sides. In 2015, we’re passing through another wave of proposed development. Some of the fine older buildings, the Vern-Mar Apartments, above, and the renovated First Post are seeing new life courtesy of businessmen who see potential there.

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Shrewsbury Trotting and Driving Association’s track spread out on borough’s north side

The York Fairgrounds was not the only such track for harness racing in York County, Pa. This track, north of Shrewsbury, closed about 100 years ago. But in its day, it was a coming-together place for that part of southern … Continue reading

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Documenting Adams County barns: Now, this is what a barn should look like

Linked in/Neat stuff below: New book on rural electrification/Wonton soup at York eatery in 1978 Now this is what a barn should look like. Painted red. Overhanging forebay. Built into a bank. Inside, heavy hewn wood posts making up its … Continue reading

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Penn Street Farmers’ Market: 7 views help tell its 150-year-old story

The Civil War was over, and York County, Pa., was striving to return to its life of relative peace as a farming community. The Industrial Revolution would come in full in a few years, and the fertile, well-watered county and … Continue reading

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Add to your York, Pa., smarts with these 9 fun interactive quizzes and maps

Industrial art has sprouted from sidewalks around York City. Here’s one: Yellow Farm Cat from the hands of Robert Machovec. Using parts from barns around York County, he used a shovel for the head and a pitchfork for the whiskers. The street art, on North George Street, signals the growing presence of artists in York’s downtown and bridges the craftsmanship from York County industrial and agricultural past with the creativity brought forth in York growing art community.

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This York, Pa., building has housed a market and BizTown. But why was it built?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. In commenting on this YDR Facebook History Mystery post (click on comments icon to see), some people think this is the old Stetler Dodge building. Close – as in across the street – but … Continue reading

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Widespread contour farming in York County, Pa., and beyond goes back only about 75 years

Yes, there is grass and greenery and such below the snow! This photograph remind you of that. It comes courtesy of David Trout and the book ‘Yesteryears in Southern York County,’ and shows contoured land on an East Hopewell Township farm. Interestingly, the widespread practice of contoured farming only goes back 75 years. Farming practices that resulted in the Dust Bowl helped inspire that. ‘Yesteryears’ states: ‘The Penn State Extension service designed conservation plans and strongly encouraged landowners in the 1930’s and 40’s to alternate crops on a hillside to prevent soil erosion.’

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Penn Park field, York, Pa.’s, first known ballpark: Then & now.

Linked in/Neat stuff:  ‘Pennsylvania Barn Stories’/Stewartstown RR rolls again   Spring will eventually get here – and so will baseball. Which brings us to a then-and-now scene. This is York, Pa.’s, first known baseball stadium, Penn Park field. It spread out at … Continue reading

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