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1820s Archives

Samuel Bacon (1782-1820) packed a lot into his 38 years. He is described in the History of the York County Academy, as “educator, lawyer, Marine, Episcopal clergyman and missionary.” In 1814, within two years after coming to York to teach at the academy, he married Anna Mary Barnitz, the daughter

What do Cecil County, Maryland’s first millionaire; the 1871 candidate for Governor of Maryland and the founder of several steamship companies have to do with a York County native? They are just a few accomplishments of Jacob Tome, born in the Hanover area and raised in Chanceford Township. His fortune,

This is the fourth in my series exploring the five Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission markers in York’s Continental/Center Square. The marker commemorates the site of the historic Globe Inn on the southwest corner of the square. It reads: Globe Inn Many distinguished persons stayed at old inn located on

I am doing research for an article I’m writing on the prolific York County Fraktur artist Daniel Peterman, who did the certificate above. So far I have recorded 79 examples of his work. His hand-down Taufscheine (Birth and Baptismal Certificates) cover six decades of the 19th century, from the 18-teens

I was intrigued by the strong advertising and testimonials lauding H. M. Crider’s 1881 fruit-picker (see previous post), so I stopped by York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum to see one of these wonderful inventions in person. It does look like a good idea—strong metal tines or fingers

Globe Inn (1812-1892)–William Wagner engraving York’s “Old Post Office,” the subject of my recent York Sunday News column was the first permanent home of a downtown York post office. It bounced around before that. The last stop before Beaver and Philadelphia streets was in the northeast corner of the square,