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Montage of photos promoting April 10, 2024 Springettsbury History Night where “Mahlon Haines legacy in Springettsbury” will share stories of the forty years he lived in Springettsbury Township. (S.H. Smith illustration in Spring 2024 Springettsbury Township News)

Mahlon Haines legacy in Springettsbury

Township residents and the local community are invited to join Stephen Smith of the Historic Preservation Committee at the Springettsbury History Night event on Wednesday April 10, 2024. “Mahlon Haines legacy in Springettsbury” will share stories of the forty years he lived in our township. The free event will take place in the Community Room within the Springettsbury Township Administrative Complex at 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA 17402, at 7:00 P.M.

Mahlon Haines was just starting a family when he built a house in the East York community of Springettsbury during 1912. He was already a successful shoe merchant, with twelve stores. As the number of Haines Shoe Stores increased to thirty by 1922 and forty by 1927, Haines began investing in real estate. The first of many major purchases was a 199-acre farm he named Haines Acres.

Referring to the photo montage, in 1922 the pictured Haines House was built on the property, and since 1957 it has served as Eastminster Presbyterian Church offices. The shown entrance, off of Haines Road, is now a private drive to two residences; one built for Haines son in 1946 and the other by Bob Yost in 1960. In 1954 Abe Epstein started building houses on Haines original farm. Haines Acres expanded to include almost 800-acres of housing in the township.

One of the PowerPoint slides used in the presentation is the following photo in which Mahlon Haines rides an ox-team to drive his Conestoga Wagon in a 1927 parade celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Continental Congress meeting in York. As with that and many photos from Haines Scrapbooks, there is an interesting story that goes with the photo.

Mahlon Haines rides ox-team to drive his Conestoga Wagon in a 1927 parade celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Continental Congress meeting in York. (Slide used in April 10, 2024 Springettsbury History Night presentation by S.H. Smith, Photo source: York County History Center)

Another of the PowerPoint slides used in the presentation is the following 1952 annotated aerial photo looking to the southeast. Mahlon Haines legacy is most apparent in the naming of Haines Road and the Haines Acres housing development, which during the time of this photo was the name of his first farm in Springettsbury Township. However numerous other impacts will be shared that are not so obvious.

A 1952 annotated aerial photo looks to the southeast. Mahlon Haines legacy is most apparent in the naming of Haines Road and the Haines Acres housing development, which during the time of this photo was the name of his first farm in Springettsbury Township. (Slide used in April 10, 2024 Springettsbury History Night presentation by S.H. Smith, Photo source: Springettsbury Township Historic Preservation Committee Archives)

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