Category Archives: Made in York

Textile museum to explore York County’s long link with carding, weaving and spinning

Alpacas such as those seen here on Shady Pine Farms in North Hopewell Township are relatively new to York County, Pa., soil. But as the desire for natural fibers has grown in America, this South American animal is increasingly seen around York County, a county that is no stranger to working in the carding, weaving and spinning business. In fact, a museum is opening to educate and observe York County’s long relationship with textiles.

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William J. Walters’ scrapbooks tell about a long career in York County’s private sector, public office

These three bulging scrapbooks detail the long life of William J. Walters – Bill Walters – in private and public sector service in York County, Pa

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Scenic Hanover Junction: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture … on the Rail Trail’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Interest in Pennsylvania Furniture/Discovering Lititz Dover’s Teanna Byerts grabbed this scene along the York County Heritage Rail Trail in Hanover Junction. She writes this about the sculpture: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture at Hanover Junction on the Rail … Continue reading

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Picturing History: How a Jacobus building changed from selling caskets and everyday furniture to antique accessories

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s Factory Whistle/Glen Rock’s Carolers Picturing History: Grey Beard’s Antiques in Jacobus, formerly Leader Furniture http://t.co/hZVDj0J6cq — YDR online (@ydrcom) December 27, 2014 ‘Picturing History,’ YDR.com’s before-and-after, then-and-now series took to the road, to Jacobus, Pa. The … Continue reading

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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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Red Lion’s Springvale School: Now this is the way a one-room building should look

Now this is the way a one-room school should look. Bell tower (not all schools had such towers). Flag flying (between two trees). Students enjoying the outdoor (or in this case a photo op.). This is the Red Lion area’s Springvale School in 1913, as it appears in the book ‘All in One Room’. (You won’t recognize it, but see the school today below).

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Who is the York Barbell man modeled after? And other fun History Mystery quizzes

A lot of people think this iconic weightlifter – the lasting memory many people have of York, Pa. – is York Barbell founder Bob Hoffman. It’s not Hoffman. Weigh in, if you can ID him.

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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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Old York Color Works building visible, colorful symbol of progress in York, Pa.

The old Keystone Color Works building in York, Pa.’s, Northwest Triangle has gained a higher profile since developers presented a plan to convert it into luxury apartments. Then comes ‘Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival?’ showing a photo (see below) of the old factory … Continue reading

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This unexpected thing was fished from a York County, Pa., creek in a cleanup

Some were surprised with what was fished out of Lightner’s Creek in Manchester Township recently. That creek produced a casket lid in a recent cleanup. York has been home to a casketmaker for decades – York Casket. In fact, before and after York Casket formed in 1932, funeral homes made caskets in many small towns around York County. Or rather furniture makers operated funeral homes. Or both. No telling the source of the Lightner Creek casket lid or how it ended up in the creek. But casketmaking has been part of York County’s woodworking landscapes for centuries.

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