Tag Archives: Hellam Township

Versatile Dempwolfs designed York, Pa., mansions – and carriage houses

Linked in/Neat stuff: Dr. Charles Drawbaugh feted/History mystery rocks The work of Dianne Bowders appears again on YorkTownSquare. This one captures a familiar Dempwolf design in York, Pa. But not a mansion this time. Here is the York Township resident’s … Continue reading

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Did you know this? Six discoveries about York County, Pa.

W.S. Nye’s and John G. Redman’s ‘Farthest East’ carried this bird’s eye view of Wrightsville, perhaps from the perspective of Chickies Rock on the Lancaster County side. One hundred years before this image was made, two Hellam/Windsor township families were engaged in a property dispute that involved a Susquehanna River ferry and and fishery, among other things. This case, involving Hellam Township land, reached the U.S. Supreme Court: Ewing v. Houston. This little-known case is ripe for further study

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Seven Gates of Hell and Toad Road: Film scares the fun out of York County’s most popular urban legend

York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News columnist Mike Argento has written several times about the urban legend which places the Seven Gates of Hell on Toad Road in Hellam Township. The recent release of the film ‘Toad Road’ gave him another opportunity.

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Seven Gates of Hell and Toad Road, Part III: A history mystery of mythical proportions

The movie ‘Toad Road’ just recently made it back into the news because it’s now available on DVD. That news might not have shaken the world, but York countians noticed after that bit of news was posted on YDR’s Facebook page. (See below). That’s news in York County, Pa., because the Toad Road film draws from a mythical place in a rural area of eastern York County associated with the Seven Gates of Hell, an urban legend oversized for even that species of tall tales.

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How two Susquehanna region farmsteads could see different fates. A story of preservation in York County

The Historic Hellam Preserve, a private restoration effort, played host to a gathering recently. A York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday New story – ‘Hellam farmhouse a treasure trove of history’ – says the anonymous owner has spent five years improving the property from an old homestead to preserve. ‘On Sunday, the renewal process culminated in a private opening for the owner’s family and friends, who wandered among the sprawling outbuildings, took in the history and bought prints of Rob Evans’ pieces,’ the story states.

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10 more memorable moments, stories in the Storm of October 2013

Dover Township’s John Yost has a new water line on his 1840 home. ‘The nearby Conewago Creek flooded up his driveway and porch and almost surpassed his first-floor windowsills,’ York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn wrote in this ydr.com Media Center gallery photo’s caption.

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Civil War comes to Hellam, Wrightsville, Lower Windsor – Linked in to York County history, 4/10/13

‘Civil War comes to: Hellam, Wrightsville, Lower Windsor ‘ , a coloring book, provides youngsters with an opportunity to learn about the War Between the States

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What would York County be without its wonderful old farmhouses and barns?

Strickler family members and York County, Pa., preservationists are concerned about the future of this old farmhouse near the York County Prison in Springettsbury Township. York County Commissioners say the house will remain standing.

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Draft horses and cavalry mounts – both important to York County and American history

A tale of two horses. Draft horses and cavalry mounts, both important to York County and American history

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Country music’s Shorty Fincher: ‘Valley View is the best of the lot’: Linked in to York County history, Oct. 24, 2012

Yorktownsquare.com covers Valley View Park, the Electric Map on the move, the Hex Murder cases explained and the closing of Fitz Brothers Eastern Market stand.

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