The 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.

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 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.

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