history of York County, PA, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales
and factual data in this NEW 36 Page
Booklet, reprinted primarily from three hard-to-find
books: the 1843 edition of Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania
by Sherman Day, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
by William Egle, M.D., and Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State,
a WPA project published in 1940. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided
on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl
sheet has been added to protect the front cover.
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 development of
this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from
a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially
as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some
duplication of material, but often with a different slant or emphasis.
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.