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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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Adding York County sites to Underground Railroad list would help show ‘This place matters’

The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has added another Lancaster County site to its roster. The remains of the Columbia/Wrightsville Bridge, seen upriver from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in this photo, are part of this approved list. Ruins of the locks and dam of the Pennsylvania Canal, on Columbia Borough-owned land north of the Rt. 462 bridge, are also part of the list, according to historical consultant Randy Harris.

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York countians will look up some day and TMI’s cooling towers will be down

Steam from TMI Unit 1’s cooling tower is seen in this York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News file photo. That scene has remained unchanged since the partial meltdown of Unit 2’s reactor in 1979. In 40 years, those cooling towers, worldwide symbols of nuclear energy and its downside will be no more. TMI Unit 2 is slated to be dismantled and demolished alongside TMI Unit 1 starting in 2044, according to a YDR story. TMI Unit 1’s operating license extends to 2034. So what are now internationally known symbols will pass into history within the lifetimes of many York countians.

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The Underground Railroad and other Civil War Facebook talk

When the Friends Meeting House in York was re-roofed in 2004, workers found a trap door in the building’s ceiling. That find prompted some in the congregation to conclude that it may have led to a chamber that secreted fugitives in the Underground Railroad. The Quakers are known today for their involvement in the Underground Railroad. But the secrecy of the network in its day makes it hard today to document Underground Railroad sites.

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William C. Goodridge: ‘One of the coolest guys you’d ever want to learn about’ – York County treasures, Part III

The William C. Goodridge Freedom House and Underground Railroad Museum, one of several historic sites relating to minorities in women in York County, is undergoing renovations

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Coming up on its 250th birthday: York’s Willis House, now for sale, remains a country home

The Willis House, one of York County, Pa.’s oldest buildings, is for sale. The 1762 building is surrounded by the City of York and Prospect Hill Cemetery. (See two additional York Daily Record/Sunday News photographs below.) Also of interest: Bands … Continue reading

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