This old lock, a mill, a mansion and a ghost town. Only a bit more than 15 miles from York County

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YorkTownSquare continues its exploration of Northern Maryland/Southeastern York County sites via the photography of Don McClure. Many York countians know about Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal locks snaking through their home county’s soil. But here’s part of the lock system from the ghost town of Lapidum, Md., in Susquehanna State Park. The town sat on the west bank of the Susquehanna River, across from the east bank’s Port Deposit, near where the river enters the Chesapeake Bay. It’s interesting that the old canal, built 20 years before the Civil War, still holds water, as evidenced by this picture. Other Susquehanna State Park features: Restored Rock Run Historic Area includes a working grist mill, the Carter-Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and, of course, remains of the S & T Canal.   All this a bit more than 15 miles from York County’s southern border. Also of interest: Here’s another northern Maryland site: The John Wilkes Booth House.

Other neat photos/stories from all over … .

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Why study local history? Here’s how one York County school is doing it

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Tom Melhorn, a local history teacher at Dallastown Area High School, says his students are curious about the Underground Railroad in York County. The William C. Goodridge House, pictured in this file photograph, is one of two York County sites recognized by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom as an Underground Railroad site. An Underground Railroad Museum has been proposed for years in the Goodridge House. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photographs about the Underground Railroad in York County.

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There’s a lot you can say in explaining why local history matters.

It’s hard to know where to start.

Let’s start big, with a recent observation by sociologist Os Guinness in assessing insights from early 20th century historian Christopher Dawson about history, in general: People who see the past most clearly often are ones who see the future the best.

As for local history, you can say that embedding that spark of interest in community at an early age often grows with time. Students who capture this today are more likely to become local leaders tomorrow. Continue reading “Why study local history? Here’s how one York County school is doing it” »

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York, Pa., home to many grand buildings and houses to ‘like’

In placing two History Mystery stories a day on YDR Facebook pages, you get an idea of what those living in York County, Pa., and beyond respond to. They enjoy engaging with – liking, commenting and sharing – posts about buildings and places. And we have many grand buildings and houses around here to ‘like!’ So I’m sharing a sampling of such posts to YDR and my own Facebook page below. See how you do in answering the quiz. And feel free to ‘like’ those buildings you, well, like. If you need help or to check your answer, click on the ‘goo.gl’ link. Also of interest: Check out these additional quizzes and (fun) tests.
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York, Pa.’s, skyline: Where was the photographer standing to get this one?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Eisenhower memories/Little Round Top in news

York, Pa., Daily Record photographers has been capturing some interesting outdoor photographs of high school sports all-star groups. This photo came from a different photo session, providing the cover of the basketball preview tab. We’re presenting it here because this photograph is outstanding, literally, and this compelling setting, with those historic buildings in the background. So, let’s test your downtown York, Pa. What are the tall buildings at left, center and right? Also, where are the players and photographer, Kate Penn, standing? Answer below: York, Pa.’s, snowy Continental Square from on high: How did the photographer get this picture?

Other neat stuff from all over … .

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Remember the York Daily Record’s day-after-the-election headline: “Let’s Get Started”?

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Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: True York County Crime, 1866/Hoke House’s history
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Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, this is York County, Pa., at its best. Dave Lensch of Spring Garden Township submitted this photo to the YDR Nature and Scenery gallery earlier this month. He wrote: ‘Joanne Mays photo of a farm house on Days Mill Rd.’ This photo is one of hundreds that area residents have submitted to YDR.com’s Your Photos. Also of interest: The Norman Wood Bridge at sunrise: York County at its best.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

Native son Tom Wolf won the Pennsylvania governorship in November but failed to capture York County.

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A moment to honor two York, Pa., heroes: ‘There’s that Voni and Lorrayne Grimes’

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Voni B. and Lorrayne Grimes were honored at a recent event at their York, Pa., church, Small AME Zion Church. ‘Let God tell you what he’s going to do in your life,’ Voni Grimes told the large gathering. ‘But most importantly, don’t speak with your mouth. Speak with your heart.’ Also of interest:  Voni and Lorrayne Grimes to be in spotlight of ‘musical extravaganza’.

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I had the wonderful opportunity to offer a “There is Your Life” tribute to Voni B. and Lorrayne Grimes at a recent event honoring these community contributors at Small AME Zion Church.

How do you sum up the productive lives of two exemplary members of the community in 15 minutes?

Here’s what I did, in edited form, drawing on stories from this blog and Voni Grimes’ book “Bridging Troubled Waters”:

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How do you move a York, Pa., house? Mules and greased logs are out of style

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How do you move a house today? In East Manchester Township this week, a house was moved via remote control in the hands of Wolfe House and Building Movers. This rancher, in the Gross family for years, was moved to make way for a mammoth warehouse.  In 1905, a prominent York Pa., farmhouse was moved via mules and greased logs.  Also of interest: York County major growth industry: Warehousing and distribution.  

 It’s a sign of the times in York County, something that’s been going on for years. Farmland is giving way to development.

This time, in East Manchester, it’s land that has been in the Gross family for generations. Going up is a warehouse, York County’s largest. And we have some large ones. Continue reading “How do you move a York, Pa., house? Mules and greased logs are out of style” »

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They aren’t making the Hoke Houses of the world anymore

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Preservation work is underway on Spring Grove’s Hoke House, the landmark 18th-century stone building that some folks remember as that area’s former library. Or maybe we should say, stabilization work is underway. At any rate, there’s a plan to keep this venerable Pennsylvania building in place dependent on meeting certain conditions. Also of interest: Spring Grove farmhouse awaits decision on its fate.

It’s a story that could have a happy ending.

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York County World War II-era pictures make you feel you’re marching with the military

Linked In/Neat Stuff: Glen Rock Carolers/Renfrew House in Christmas spirit

YorkTownSquare has put up a past post with a black and white photo of the marchers in Dallastown, Pa., post World War II. And also posted is a colorized version of that picture that covers a wall in the Metro Bank near Interstate 83 and South Queen Street in York Township. But above we have them together – an interesting comparison. You feel you’re marching with the military. The colorization of local scenes is a successful program by Metro Bank to capture community. How do we know it works? If you click on the comments button from the York Daily Record Facebook page above, you’ll find a community conversation about the photos, including a picture from a resident, Angie Deller Neff, with an arrow identifying her great uncle. Check out this story of another such an ID in a Commerce Bank mural as well as this one in which Elvis was spotted.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

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We enjoy receiving insights from Eastern York County’s Betsy Shaw, who wrote a comment on this recent Holtwood Dam post:

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This picture captures York, Pa., at its zenith

This image brings people back to another time – a post-World War II moment in which York Pa.’s retail might was at its height. York City’s population crested in 1950 at about 60,000, and those folks shopped in the downtown. As time passed in the 1950s, housing subdivisions followed Caterpillar and other suburban industrial plants. Little by little, retailers in York city moved out to the York Shopping Center and other suburban centers to join chain stores, and so did shoppers. But this moment – with Santa arriving at The Bon-Ton via a ladder truck – is frozen in minds. And in this photo. So here’s the quiz: How did Santa get to the fire truck, to get to the Bon-Ton? Comment below or on the comment link above. If stumped, click on the Goo.gl link above for the answer. Also of interest: Check out these additional quizzes and fun tests.

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