The history of York County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 41 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted to fit 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Dallastown, Dillsburg, Dover, Franklin (Franklintown), Freystown, Glen Rock, Goldsboro, Hanover, Jacobus, Jefferson, Lemoyne, Lewisbury (Lewisberry), Loganville Logansville), Manchester (formerly Liverpool), Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland, New Freedom, New Holland, New Market, Newberry (Newberrytown), Rosstown, Shrewsbury, Siddonsburg, Stewartstown, Strinestown, Weigelstown, West York, Wrightsville, York Haven, and York The Day and Egle histories cover the early years, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes relating to sightseeing possibilities. The recently added excerpt from the fourth book includes a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Physical Features; Early Settlers; Early Customs – Cold? Add another frock; Boundary Disputes with Maryland and survey of Springettsbury Manor; Squatters; Presbyterian Church and other early churches; “Red Lands”; “Tickets” to build in York; Fairs; Patriotism; General Henry Miller and other military leaders from York; Hanover, “a sort of Rogue’s Resort”; the First County Election – a riot!; Pontiac’s War; York – early to join Revolution; Negro Conspiracy of 1803; First Locomotive built in USA; Invasion of York in Civil War; Union Hospital and Monument to those who died; York Barrens; Airport Dispute in 1934; York Water Reforestation Project; Where did Dixie originate?; 6 page section on City of York with 1940 Points of Interest map; Paddling Horses in Canoes; Dr. Dady, the noted imposter and his “ghostly” schemes; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. ILLUSTRATIONS include Western Entrance to York (full page); York County Court House; the Glatz Mansion; the Provincial Court House; The Old Reformed Church; the Public Fountain in Hanover.
York County, PA
Sources: History of York County Pennsylvania; Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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