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Progress on renovating log house of 1860 blacksmith Henry Drayer, located at southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)
Progress on renovating log house of 1860 blacksmith Henry Drayer, located at southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)

Log house of 1860 blacksmith Henry Drayer

A log house IS NOT being torn down in Springettsbury Township. That structure, the home of blacksmith Henry Drayer during 1860, is being renovated.

After seeing the siding removed from the log structure, several people have expressed their concern; thinking that might be a forerunner to demolition. Be assured, the owner is planning a well-done historic renovation. Please respect their private property and only observe the renovation of the structure from the roads; as I’ve done with these photos.

In the following photo, I’ve zooming in on the northwest end of the log house. The V-Notch log construction technique is utilized; a method common in the 1700s and 1800s.

Zooming in on the northwest end of the log house located at the southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)
Zooming in on the northwest end of the log house located at the southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)

The following photo shows the front of the log house. That side of the house faces Druck Valley Road.

Front side of log house being renovated at the southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)
Front side of log house being renovated at the southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)

Henry Drayer property on Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County

The family of Henry Drayer lived in the log house during 1860. He was a Master Blacksmith and conducted a Blacksmith Shop at that corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road, when that property was within Spring Garden Township.

In the following section of Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, I’ve pointed out, and marked, seven 1860 buildings in the Mt. Zion & Druck Valley Road Area within what was then Spring Garden Township; and, as of 1891, Springettsbury Township. At the bottom of the illustration is a 1937 aerial photo of the same region.

Mt. Zion & Druck Valley Road Area in what is now Springettsbury Township; from Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, PA & Penn Pilot Aerial Photo, from November 25, 1937, of Same Area (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2016 and 2019)
Mt. Zion & Druck Valley Road Area in what is now Springettsbury Township; from Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County, PA & Penn Pilot Aerial Photo, from November 25, 1937, of Same Area (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2016 and 2019)

Henry Drayer, the Master Blacksmith, resides at the house, marked N29. ‘B.S.’, at N28, designates Blacksmith Shop; located somewhere near the intersection of the roads. In the following view, I’ve zoomed in on the 1937 aerial photo to provide better detail in locating the 1860 properties; i.e. 77-years later.

Enlarged View of Penn Pilot Aerial Photo, from November 25, 1937, in the Mt. Zion & Druck Valley Road Area within Springettsbury Township (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2016 and 2019)
Enlarged View of Penn Pilot Aerial Photo, from November 25, 1937, in the Mt. Zion & Druck Valley Road Area within Springettsbury Township (Annotations by S. H. Smith, 2016 and 2019)

In 1937, there appear to be no remains of the Blacksmith Shop. When the 1860 map was drawn, the ‘B.S.’ at the corner; may have been symbolic that the Blacksmith Shop was near the corner; possibly in the nearby structures, still standing to the south of the log house.

Progress on renovating log house of 1860 blacksmith Henry Drayer, located at southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)
Progress on renovating log house of 1860 blacksmith Henry Drayer, located at southeast corner of Mt. Zion Road and Druck Valley Road in Springettsbury Township (2019 Photo by S. H. Smith)

Henry Drayer, the Master Blacksmith

Henry Drayer was born in Manchester Township on February 22, 1819. He married Mary Welty, the daughter of Philip Welty and Catharine Knaub. They had two children: daughter Lucinda Drayer was born August 26, 1846 and son Henry Drayer, Jr. was born September 17, 1850. In the 1850 U.S. Census, Henry Drayer is listed as a Blacksmith in Manchester Township, York County, PA.

The 1860 U.S. Census record for Henry Drayer, i.e. when his family resided at the log house, is provided in the following image of the original records via Ancestry.com. Henry’s wife Mary occasionally shows up in records as Polly; i.e. her nickname.

Henry Drayer family recorded in 1860 U.S. Census, Spring Garden Township, York County, PA (Original Census Records via Ancestry.com)
Henry Drayer family recorded in 1860 U.S. Census, Spring Garden Township, York County, PA (Original Census Records via Ancestry.com)

From January 8, 1864 until July 13, 1865, Henry Drayer served with the Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. Henry served in Company A of the 181st Regiment.

By the 1870 U.S. Census, Henry has retired at the age of 51. In that census his occupation is recorded as ‘Retired Blacksmith’ and his family is living in Mt. Wolf. Henry Drayer died in 1889 and his wife died in 1908; they are buried in Manchester Union Cemetery.

Gravestones of Henry Drayer [1819-1889] and his wife Mary [1819-1908] in Manchester Union Cemetery, York County, PA (Ancesry.com)
Gravestones of Henry Drayer [1819-1889] and his wife Mary [1819-1908] in Manchester Union Cemetery, York County, PA (Ancesry.com)

Click on this LINK for a yorkblog.com Full View of the original photos in this post if details are cut off in the cropping of the photos, or if any photos or links have been removed from the ydr.com site.

Several years ago all Springettsbury Township structures noted on Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County were compared to 1937 Historic Aerial Photos to determine and track the oldest structures still standing in the township. The following are links to the results of that study:

Shearer’s 1860 Map of York County
1860 Buildings 1-10 in North Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 11-20 in North Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 21-24 in North Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 25-31 in North Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 32-35 in North Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 1-10 in South Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 11-20 in South Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 21-30 in South Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 31-35 in South Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 36-41 in South Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 1-10 in East Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 11-20 in East Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 21-30 in East Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 31-40 in East Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 41-50 in East Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 51-58 in East Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 1-10 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 11-20 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 21-30 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 31-40 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 41-50 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 51-60 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 61-70 in West Region of Springettsbury Township
1860 Buildings 71-80 in West Region of Springettsbury Township

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