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Fun postcard find: Old photo of summer cottages near Manchester

A couple of weeks ago, our whole family headed to the York Post Card Club’s annual show at the Holiday Inn. Sarah, a junior postcard collector, was on the hunt for photos featuring cowboys and Indians. Chris was trying to find, among other things, photos of Montoursville, where he spent his elementary-school years. I was helping Sarah – and, of course, looking for York County cards!

The joke was, though, that Chris found the best York County postcard.

This shows “Summer Cottages, Conenago Park, near Manchester, Pa.” On the back, the notation says “Post Cards of Quality – James Studio – York, Pa.”

Our best guess is this card is from the early 1900s.

The real question is, is “Conenago” a misprint of Conewago – or something else? Searches online don’t turn up much for EITHER Conenago or Conewago parks in that area. Our best guess is misprint, but I also can’t figure out the exact location where those cottages might be.

I’m sure it’s along the Conewago River, somewhere on the border of Conewago, East Manchester, Manchester and Newberry townships, but that’s still a pretty big range!

So any input would be much welcomed!

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