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A night out in historic Middletown. Indeed, Middletown, Pa.

The Saturday night out started in Hummeltsown, or was it Hershey?, at the Cocoa Beanery. At any rate, it’s only a few miles from Middletown, Pa.,, that Susquehanna River town that bills itself as Dauphin County’s oldest community, dating from 1755.

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Gravity Hill: Optical illusion or warp in earth’s gravity?

A bottle of water rolls uphill – or its actually downhill – at Gravity Hill in Bedford County about 140 miles west of York, Pa. Actually, there are two spots on Gravity Hill where your car appears to roll uphill. A Gravity Hill brochure lists this as one of the top 10 reasons to visit: ‘Ice cream cones aren’t as messy on a hot day.’ York County has a similar ‘Gravity Hill’ in its northern part. That one, like many of such locales around the country, have haunted tales attached to them. Not so, in Bedford County. At least as far as brochures go.

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York countians are discovering Brigadoon-like Bedford, Pa., Part II

Route 30, the old Lincoln Highway, runs through Bedford, Pa. As it emerges from its west side, the old run produces sites and sights of interest, as old roads often do. Here is the famed roadside attraction, the Coffee Pot. Such oversized attractions often went up along old highways to woo motorists their way.

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Gettysburg 150th: The observance is gaining interest in York County, Pa. – Linked in with neat history stuff, May 20, 2012

Lona Full and her husband Art, of Stewartstown, dressed for a Civil War-era church service in nearby Cross Roads, Pa., in 2006. “Being the ham that I am, wore it today,” she told the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News at the Cross Roads United Methodist Church, where hymns and preaching in the style of the 1860s greeted parishioners. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will cause re-enactors, living historians and just people who want to dress in period garb to done their uniforms and dresses. The Stewartstown Historical Society, in thatr southeastern York County borough, plans a program on the Civil War on June 5.

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Hex Murder witchcraft trials … ‘and they happened in York County’: Linked in to York County, Pa., history, 3/27/13

It will be an interesting night in Glen Rock, Pa., when J. Ross McGinnis takes the podium in April to talk about the Hex Murder of 1928. McGinnis is an attorney with a gift for spinning a tale – only a true, terrible tale in this case. He will tell how three young assailants attacked suspected witch Nelson Rehmeyer to break a spell in a remote hollow not far from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.

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Over the years, Warner’s Dairy Complex has changed a bit: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, July 20, 2012

The transformation of Warner’s Dairy Complex, complete with airport, into Lion’s Pride Restaurant and Dairyland Square Shopping Center and associated buildings is just plain interesting. This image, from John F.M. Wolfe’s ‘Profile of Aviation,’ shows the airplane hangars in the … Continue reading

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Former Hahn mansion: ‘I thought it would make the most spectacular funeral home’

The Springdale historic district in York was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The former Hahn Home, now Kuhner Associates funeral home, is the star among the district’s 199 buildings. Architecturally, mansion is a mixture of … Continue reading

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