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

The Golden Swan Tavern, seen from the square in York, which dates back to the early 1800's, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The building is for sale. Kate Penn — Daily Record/Sunday News
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 floors and a fireplace,’ the York, Pa., Daily Record Gary Haber wrote. ‘The building, which dates back to at least the early 1800s, has been known at various times in its history as the Weiser Building or the Golden Swan Tavern.’ Many York countians remember the building as Newswangers Shoe Store. Also of interest: York, Pa.’s, snowy Continental Square from on high: How did the photographer get this picture?

When something happens in York’s Continental Square, for 265 years or so the heart of York County, it makes the news.

So when a developer sought to buy 20 feet of the square as part of the deal for the Marketway building on the square’s northwest corner, it made news.

And when Well Fargo Bank puts the landmark Golden Swan on the market, people want to know about that too.

“It’s very historic in nature and plays an important part in the landscape of Continental Square,” Natalie Williams, of Downtown Inc., told the York Daily Record.

Indeed.

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

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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.’ I expect to make a field trip up there when the temperature get above freezing. The post also shows an intriguing mural of the canal by artist Cliff Satterthwaite. And check out this subsequent Smith post about the York Haven Paper Company. Also of interest: Susquehanna River shaped York Haven.

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

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My Favorite Deli (copyright paulkuehnel.com)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 and across America, Granges served as major community meeting places in rural areas. York, Pa, Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel, an active resident of this Manchester Township community, provided this photograph of the old Manchester Grange Hall. ‘Working on a wall mural for My Favorite Deli, the building was the past home of the Grange,’ he wrote on Emigsville.org.  Also of interest: Demolished Red Lion Grange Hall still tells tale of changing York County.
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 The Grange seal comes courtesy of Emigsville.org. Perhaps it’s right that ‘My Favorite Deli’ is in a former Grange building. Grange members were – and are – known for their cooking. Check out these cookbooks on the Pennsylvania State Grange website. Also of interest: At home in Emigsville. Surely, this is York County, Pa. at its best.

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

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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 buildings around York County, 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. Also of interest: About 100 more quizzes and (fun) tests.

Check out these 6 additional History Mystery quizzes below:

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Strasburg Railroad’s February excursion: Extreme cold unveils lots of hot steam

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The York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski braved the bitter cold – about two hours of it – to visit the Strasburg Railroad. In fact, the cold was part of the attraction. The steam that created drives the locomotives is more visible and picturesque. Lancaster County’s Strasburg is a major excursion railway. Of course, York County has three that provide some level of excursion service – the Ma & Pa in Muddy Creek Forks, Stewartstown Railroad and Steam into History, running between New Freedom and Hanover Junction. Also of interest: Tying together two York County, Pa., institutions: Trout and trains.

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This locomotive engineer seems oblivous to the cold. Perhaps the big engine in front of him was throwing off a little heat with the steam. For more about the 45-minute excursion trip through the eastern Lancaster County countryside which includes runs today, check out:  Strasburg Railroad.

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Cam catches Codorus State Park eagle laying an egg

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Baby, it’s cold up there. One hundred feet up, that is. Well, not a baby, an eaglet, yet. But an egg, layed by an eagle at Codorus State Park, Saturday, on Valentine’s Day. (Update: And a second egg reportedly due tonight, 2/16/15). For more about this Pennsylvania Game Commission Candid Camera’s insight into a pair of eagles at this southwestern York County nest, see: Watch eagles, plus take a neat eagles quiz.

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Video: Bald eagle cam. See a photo of this pair of eagles in their Heidelberg Township nest  below.

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York County, Pa.: 10 leads to get to know it – or to get to know it better

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This photo says more than 1,000 words. It shows York City’s best hope as defined by districts – the Stadium District (center), Northwest Triangle (at top right marked by the railroad bridges) and the Market/Arts District, top left. Recently, two developments have emerged not seen in this frame: the Royal Square District (a couple of blocks south on North Duke Street from the stadium) and Think Loud enterprises, just east of the stadium area. Notice that the stadium serves as a kind of hinge point for these Codorus Creek-hugging projects. These districts represent initiatives that could lead to a renaissance in York City, in the heart of York County. That’s today, and maybe the future. To understand York County’s story better, check out the 10 links below. Also of interest: Aerial photos from around York County, Pa.

Maybe you just came to York County, and you’re trying to understand this place. Or perhaps you’re with a company looking to relocate here.

Where do you go to make sense of things?

Well, I’ve collected 10 lists designed to orient you to this fifth-oldest county in Pennsylvania – the first county west of the Susquehanna River.

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York County, Pa. country clubs: This has been a tough week for former gathering spots

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It was a tough week for former country clubs. The Red Lion Country Club’s former clubhouse burned, and the old Lake Club dam, above, was breached. Seems like the sign of the times: People aren’t joining things. They’re bowling alone. Some of World War II-era buildings are aging or require lots of money for upkeep. Valuable real estate is devoted for other types of development. Check out the “before” photograph of Lake Lehman’s Dam (Lake Club) below. Also of interest: Of York County, Pa., social clubs and virtual communities. lehmanThis story tells about the Lake Club’s demise as well as a photo of the road that crossed its dam: Lake Lehman property as a York County park? ‘I want the Lake Club back.

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Lots of comments: Click on the commenting icon to see what people are saying about the badly damaged clubhouse in Red Lion.

For background on the Red Lion Country Club fire, check out: Fire destroys former club.

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Mention Jacks in York, Pa., and you get memories

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Yes, Jacks, founded in 1912 and long gone from York, Pa.’s retail scene, was a memorable place. Jane Black captured this scene of the popular downtown York women’s fashion store in the late 1970s. Barry Black, a regular commenter on my Facebook page, posted this winsome view and noted that his wife worked for Jacks. She honed her artist’s skills at York Academy in the 1970s. Judy Bono also commented on Facebook that the Jacks Store, pointing to two connections. Jacks brought her to York for a buying job and later her husband, Richard Bono, served as architect for the building’s restoration. For more on that building’s – the National House – renovation, check out: National House’s porches probably made for comfort in York, Pa.: ‘Early air conditioning, if you like.’ Also of interest: York, Pa.’s downtown: ‘This once bustling hub is becoming bustling once again.’

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Red Lion Country Club: A short history of this longtime landmark, damaged by fire today

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An early morning fire badly damaged the old Red Lion Country Club building.This 1956 clipping, from York County, Pa., Heritage Trust files, shows one of the improvements to the York Township building. Like the Hanover Country Club’s Abbottown location, the Red Lion Country Club has sat on land originally purchased in 1937. The club has not operated as such for several years and is currently owned – and placed up for sale – by the Red Lion Area School District. Update (2/16/15): The cause of the fire has been ruled as arson. Also of interest: Red Lion retooling from a town where people made things to one with a service focus and A short history of golf in York County, Pa.

The landmark Red Lion Country Club and its building, a community meeting place for many years, might now be part of history.

The building sustained widespread damage in a fire this morning.

The 1980 book ‘Red Lion: The First 100 Years’ provides this history of the Country Club, excerpted here:

 

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