- Elmwood Mansion: Witnessing constant change
A person peering through those familiar Elmwood pillars in the past 165 years would have seen an evolving York County. This picture shows the Elmwood farmhouse before it was moved in 1905.
- Urban farming: Thriving agriculture in the city
Even though the census data may miss them, many Hispanics farm in York. This urban farm provides fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to inner-city residents.
- Rural Newberry Township: Freedom seeker shot at Underground Railroad station
Joseph Garretson’s Northern York County home is important to the county’s Underground Railroad story. It was the site of the first known shooting of a freedom seeker in the county.
- For 25 years, NENA’s grassroots work has strengthened York’s neighborhoods
Grassroots organizations like NENA gain momentum because they are directly connected with the people.
- Parkway Homes: Despite hardships, generations of leaders have emerged
Leaders have emerged from the Parkway Homes and other public and affordable housing in York County for years. Retired WGAL anchor Ron Martin is one of the achievers who grew up in Parkway.
- Bond building: When badly needed, York shone here
This building, York’s Bond building, has seen many uses. But in a little over a week in April 1970, this East King Street building hosted an event that would influence York for decades.
- 95 acres in Dover: Land ethics in play on this farm
With more and more development, the importance for land preservation and agriculture is on the rise.
- Bermudian Valley: Seeking peace in the York County’s cloister, Part II
In the 1700s, Washington Township’s Bermudian Valley hosted a settlement with ties to the Ephrata Cloister. A cemetery reminds us of this community.
- The Gazette and Daily: Under siege in the 1960s, York newspaper starts from square one
Under siege in the 1960s, The Gazette and Daily in York started from square one with a front page editorial. The newspaper drew the wrath of Republicans when it refused to accept advertising from GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.
- York County’s cloister: Seeking peace in the Bermudian Valley
In the 1700s, Washington Township’s Bermudian Valley hosted a settlement with ties to the Ephrata Cloister.
- Crispus Attucks Community Center: A ‘character building’ organization
Community leader Dr. George Bowles helped in the formation of the Crispus Attucks Community Center in 1931
- A hidden space: The potter’s field in North York
Over 600 people are buried in the City Cemetery located in North York. However, there are no headstones for this potter’s field. Instead, they rest in nameless graves, forgotten yet together.
- Significant York landmarks: Victim to wrecking ball in 1950s-1970s
York’s City Market, demolished in 1963, was the most architecturally significant building to come down in the city in the 1950s to 1970s era.
- Faith Presbyterian Church: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged merger
Congregants, past and present, gathered in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the merger of Faith Presbyterian Church in York with First Presbyterian Church.
- Carlisle Livestock Auction: A farming chapter ends
The Carlisle Livestock Market has sold its last chicken. For those still involved in agriculture, this will mean a change in how they do business.
- Gettysburg’s Spangler Farm: Field hospital testifies to battle’s human cost
The Spangler Farm, a restored Civil War field hospital, testifies to the horrors of the Battle of Gettysburg.
- Quilting as a symbol of freedom
The owners of enslaved people usually required them to wear corse clothing as a sign of their inferiority. Once freed, this woman reshaped that fabric into a beautiful quilt.
- Controversial York mayor’s East Princess Street business: Latino advocates now call it home
When Jose Hernandez and his wife, Gloria, arrived in York in 1958, they became pioneers in York County’s Latino community.
- Dover Area School District: ID movement reached high water mark in York County
The Eagle, Dover Area School District’s mascot stands guard outside the former high school, where 9th-grade students were read a description of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in science classrooms.
- Farming by day, Underground Railroad by night
The Baptiste farm in Newberry Township served as an Underground Railroad stop, assisting freedom seekers in their journey to the north.