Category Archives: War

Discover these 17 neat places in your own York County, Pa., backyard. Actually, make that 18.

Fairmount Park in Red Lion has a splash park, picnic area, modern playground and much more. It’s a place to play or just sit. And let’s not forget, it has a stately war memorial – as stately as any in … Continue reading

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Adaptive reuse in York County, Pa., of an above ground/underground musical kind

Linked in/Neat stuff: Stewartstown’s new caboose/Jeeps return home in World War II Let’s just call it a form of adaptive reuse, reshaping an old site with a different purpose from its original use. Here we have the Sign of the … Continue reading

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The scenes behind York, Pa.’s landmark First National Bank/Citizens Bank building

The stained-art panels by noted York artist J. Horace Rudy hang in the old First National Bank building, aka Citizens National Bank. Developer Derek Dilks, who is acquiring the Continental Square building, opened the 1920s structure for a recent tour. Here, Cliff … Continue reading

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Renovating Abbottstown’s Peter Ickes House: Log construction discovery was a ‘thrilling experience’

James Fritz is a researcher and writer of history. And he lives in a 1700s house near the square in Adams County’s Abbottstown. ‘My new two story log and stone home was located near the town square and the stone half of the dwelling had all the hallmarks of an early structure of Pennsylvania German/Swiss heritage,’ he writes.

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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

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6 more cool, unsung York/Adams, Pa., sites to discover and explore

This unsung site is hardly off the beaten track, as many often-overlooked places are. But Gettysburg’s square should not be forgotten as a place to spend time on those treasured trips to the Gettysburg National Military Park and other attractions. The visitors center is now farther away from this crossroads, but remember that this part of Gettysburg saw fighting, too. And there are museums, shops linked up to the Civil War and prime restaurants within walking distance. In fact, the must-see National Cemetery, with its Lincoln connections, and nearby Ziegler’s Grove, with its Pickett Charge links, are a reasonable walk from this square, seen here from the roof of the Gettysburg Hotel.

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Scarred Civil War soldier took the surrendered York flag and ‘stood with it in his arms, holding it in front of him’

‘Surrender of York to Gen. Early and Gen. Gordon, June 28th 1863,’ wrote Lewis Miller atop his drawing of this significant moment in York County, Pa., history. The Confederates overran York County in these late-June days before the Battle of … Continue reading

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Bricker’s Fries units are everywhere around York County, Pa. So, where did it sell its first order?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Want to know more about Gettysburg’s Cyclorama?/Painting church icons Bricker’s French Fries, that iconic and ubiquitous York County, Pa., vendor, started with one stand – a concession  at the Bud Bricker-owned Susquehanna Speedway in northern York County – … Continue reading

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York/Adams History Mystery quiz: Where was the bird flying to get this view?

Today’s History Mystery: This is a bird’s-eye view of … ? Well, this perch has been increasingly available to members of the public in recent years. And it’s known around the world because of its role in a popular film … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s compelling annual Sacred Trust series has become a must-visit at the battlefield

Jennifer Murray speaks on ‘ “From These Honored Dead” ‘: Gettysburg and World War II’ at the Sacred Trust’s Talks and Book Signings that concludes today. (Check out today’s schedule). The three-day annual event features big-league Civil War experts speaking … Continue reading

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