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Chanceford Twp. Archives

There are still a fair number of people around who attended the rural one-room (sometimes two-room) schools that dotted York County until the mid-twentieth century. Ask your parents or grandparents and you might get some interesting tales. (Including how they had to walk five miles through the snow, uphill both

For many years the Junior Dispatch page was published on Saturdays in the York Dispatch. Pupils of fourth through ninth grades could submit their writing and art through their teachers. Children could contribute “stories, photos, cartoons, drawings, articles, poetry, editorials, jokes, or other types of materials,” as long as they

My previous post shared a July 21, 1905 article from the York Daily about Dr. Reed of Lancaster coming to look for the camp where his grandfather guarded Revolutionary War prisoners. We know the site today as Camp Security. Dr. Reed’s visit must have been important in the news of

I found this article from the July 21, 1905 York newspaper, probably the York Daily, in the Jere Carl scrapbooks at the York County History Center. Little articles about Camp Security pop up every now and then in the old newspapers. Even though these articles might not be completely accurate, as

Some York County school districts didn’t consolidate until the late 1950s. Chanceford Township was one of the last to close their one-room schools, as the new Chanceford Township elementary school didn’t open until September 1958. Children attended one-room schools from first through eighth grades. Near the end of your eighth

Numerous former one-room schoolhouses still dot the countryside. Many have been converted to residences, some so modified that it is hard to detect their original use. A few have been restored and even furnished as they would have been when students attended, with blackboard, desks and pot-bellied stove. These are

York County Heritage Trust Director of Library and Archives, Lila Fourhman-Shaull, shared a dedication program for Chanceford Elementary School with me. As noted in my previous post, the school was dedicated on August 31, 1958. The program gives a history of public education in Chanceford Township. Many school districts were