Category Archives: Nostalgia & memories

York, Pa.’s grand Lady Linden: The city house built by farm harvesting machinery

Yes, the Lady Linden. And a grand lady she is. Queen of The Avenues, a neighborhood that grew along the trolley line that ran from York, Pa.’s Continental Square to Dover. As this Picturing History slider shows, at left is the Lady Linden, an 1887 Queen Anne house on Linden Avenue in York, circa 1890. And at right, the Lady Linden, now a bed and breakfast, is seen in a late 2014. The Lady Linden’s website gives this brief history: ‘Lady Linden was built in 1887 for industrialist Samuel Nevin Hench. He and his business partner, Walker A. Dromgold, came to York from Perry County in 1878 to manufacture farm harvesting implements for steam tractors and horse drawn. Many of these items were of their own design and patent and were shipped to international destinations. They built their houses side by side with the same design footprint here on Linden Avenue and raised their families here. Both these gentlemen were very active in the community and family members remained here until 1920.”

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Former Hupmobile dealership in York, Pa., now in Royal hands

Linked in/Neat stuff: Farmers Market’s upcoming 150th/Bon Ton Potato chips made here Royal Square has secured this building, among others, in the WeCo district of York, Pa. I wrote this on the Fixing York community Facebook Page: ‘Royal Square’s Bond … Continue reading

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Young violinist at The Strand: Surely this is York, Pa., at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Jon Witman’s gold medal in track/Rob Evans, National Gallery This last-weekend Jason Plotkin photo brings together many themes related to York, Pa., and the many efforts toward its rebirth. A young person. Downtown. In the Arts District. Unleashing … Continue reading

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York County, Pa., residents love Pennsylvania Dutch food. We like to talk about it, too.

York countians like to comment on buildings, that’s proven by their engagement on Facebook. But we like to eat, and we like to share, like and comment about those delicacies that are distinctively Pennsylvania Dutch and York County, Pa.

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Hanover’s stately Young Manor isn’t so young, but it’s still spry

Linked in/Neat stuff: Firefighter Greg Halpin retiring/Restoring Jefferson’s cannons The Young Manor  isn’t young, but it has a new tenants and energy. State Rep. Kate Klunk is one new tenant in the Carlisle Street fixture in Hanover. It’s also a … Continue reading

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Ice fishing in York County, Pa.: ‘You just sit with your back to the wind …’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Richard Petty at Lincoln Speedway/Cliff at Bear’s Cafeteria Someone in the York, Pa., Daily Record office said the only way it would have been colder for ice fishing is if the anglers had been sitting on a … Continue reading

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If you’ve ever wanted to buy a Golden Swan, here’s your chance in York, Pa.

The Golden Swan building, left, is for sale. This 200-year-old fixture on the southeast corner of York, Pa.’s Continental Square is listed for $605,000. ‘In addition to its views looking over Continental Square, the nearly 9,800 square-foot building has hardwood … Continue reading

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Pesky rapids in the Susquehanna? York Haven canal smoothed that rough patch in 1797

Stephen H. Smith, in his YorksPast blog, is making wonderful contributions to our understanding of York County, Pa. In this graphic, he addresses a topic I’ve always pondered: Where actually was the canal at York Haven. Here he shows us – and in this Yorkspast post, he explains many things about the man-made waterway. The canal by-passed rapids in the Susquehanna River and fed commerce in York Haven and the lower Susquehanna starting in the late 1700s. Stephen gives this excellent summary: ‘The canal was about one mile long, hugging the York County bank of the Susquehanna River from the top of the Conewago Falls, downriver to two locks at the lower end, near present day York Haven; all required so that river traffic could negotiate the 19-foot drop of the Conewago Falls.’

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This landmark Emigsville building has been consumed with food for a century or more

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘The Tinker’/All roads lead from York, Pa. Many people know this landmark structure in Emigsville as the ‘My Favorite Deli.’ But way before that, the building served as a Grange Hall.  One hundred years ago in York County … Continue reading

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High design, 1700s style in York County, Pa.: Vaulted cellar ceilings

Some immediately assign a vaulted ceiling, as seen here, to a stop on the Underground Railroad. But this was a common design feature in very old homes around York, Pa., including this 18th-century structure. Can you place this scene? Hint: No, it’s the the Stone Mill in southwestern York County. In fact, this structure never was a mill.

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