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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

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Hex Murder painting effectively captures terrible York County moment

York County’s Brett Greiman painted this scene of the Hex Murder of 1928 – a terrible moment in which a trio attacked and killed a farmer, a suspected witch, in an attempt to break a spell they believe he had … Continue reading

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Is this York County, Pa.’s most recognizable farmhouse?

The Avalong farmhouse, now Christmas Tree Hill, in Springettsbury Township. The Willis House near Prospect Hill Cemetery. Forry Loucks Mansion, now Lauxmont’s farmhouse. Those are a some recognizable farmhouses around York County, Pa. But this modest house might be York County’s most recognizable farmhouse, although it didn’t gain that fame from farming. It was isolated, located in a hollow in the county’s backwoods, but is known to many. Can you ID this place?

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Check out your York, Pa., smarts with this history quiz

It was serendipity but the answers to the quiz above and the one immediately below rest in one York, Pa., law firm. In other words, the two attorneys who are answers for those two quizzes are principals with the same law firm. I won’t name the firm because it will give away the answers. But I’ve already given enough clues for you to participate by commenting, liking or sharing. If you’re stumped, click on the goo.gl link. Feel free to engage in the other quizzes in the same way.

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A peek inside Hanover’s magnificent Sheppard Mansion

Many people driving by the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover, Pa., wonder what it this magnificent structure looks like inside. Well, the Evening Sun in Hanover heard such requests and offers an intriguing 16-photo gallery.

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Terrible Hex Murder of 1928, associated with Halloween, actually happened at Thanksgiving

This is my favorite photograph of the Hex Murder house, scene of the killing of a suspected witch in 1928. A trio murdered Nelson Rehmeyer, acting with the belief that he had cast a spell on one of them. This York Daily Record/Sunday News photo makes the house appear to be rising from the Rehmeyer Hollow field in southern York County, Pa.

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Hex Murder defendant John Curry’s artwork hangs in York County homes

John Curry was one of the York County, Pa., trio who killed suspected witch Nelson Rehmeyer in what became known as the Hex Murder case of 1928. After his release from prison, Curry became an artist, whose work is in the homes of several York countians.

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1760s York Springs farmhouse sells at auction for $335,000

The historic 1760 York Springs Pa., farmhouse, up for auction this weekend, was purchased by Karen Riner of Hanover. The former Seifert estate took on overflow customers in the 1800s during the heyday of the York Sulphur Springs resort. York Springs is a bit sleepy now, but it was a place of many comings and goings when people from all over came to the spa.

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Can you locate the 8 mini golf courses operating in York County, Pa.?

York County, Pa., has eight miniature golf courses, including this one new Lewisberry – Frosty Putter. This one has some has some history to it. Frosty Putter owner Donald Reeser as a sprint car marking the final hole. Ydr.com’s Media Center, in profiling these putt-putt golf courses, states: ‘ The car, which replaced an Amish buggy that rotted over the years, was “one of the best sprint cars in Pennsylvania… ” ‘

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Prep sports season start brings question: Who is the greatest athlete from York County?

The start of the prep football season brings to mind a former York, Pa., High athlete who is now in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Chris Doleman is seen in his high school photo. He went on to football greatness at the University of Pittsburgh and then in pro ball with the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

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