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The Colonial Courthouse has a new bell. The 1805 bell and its stand, formerly used at the old York County, Pa., Poorhouse, has some defects. So now a bell on the replica of the mid-1700s York County Court House is ringing again. But here’s the question.

The York Rifle Company marches to Boston in 1775 after the call from Gen. George Washington reached York Town, Pa., for troops to support the fledgling Continental Army. Elizabeth Quinn sketched this scene of these early responders for the 1959 W. Walter Van Baman’s book ‘The Story of York Town.’

Picturing York shows a familiar landmark, a before-and-after photograph of the National Guard Armory on North George Street in York, Pa. Check individual photos plus a special slider that lets you explore the old armory, then and now: National Guard. Notice the flood control work that has been done to the bank of the Codorus Creek in these two scenes.

The York Daily Record’s Kate Penn has produced ‘Back to Boston,’ a documentary about York County-area runners who are running in the Boston Marathon on April 21, Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. Most ran in 2013, the year of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings

This is a pretty neat scene tying together two York County institutions. Yes, it’s a stocking for trout season a couple of miles north of Muddy Creek Forks. How did they to this remote spot on the north branch of Muddy Creek? Here’s comes the second institution: The Ma & Pa Railroad. The fish were hauled there aboard a Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village rail car. So this remote railroad – an old connector between York and Baltimore – is put to commercial use again – kind of.

The Golden Plough Tavern, that 1740s landmark in downtown York, will be the center of attention in May. The York County Heritage Trust, operator of the old tavern, will throw a birthday party at its West Market Street site. York artist Cliff Satterthwaite was there when the old building was restored 50 years ago – the topic of the birthday party.

Scott Wagner is the latest York countian to make statewide political news after voters wrote him in to victory in a special election for a State Senate seat that covers most of York County. York, Pa., has seen several of its politicos gain high state rank in recent years.

Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon stayed at the Jacob Altland’s house at Farmers, along the York-Gettysburg Pike, the night before he and his division entered York. In this farmhouse, he met a delegation from York and accepted the town’s surrender. The private dwelling stands today, unmarked as a historical site. It is shown here as it looked in 1963.

This aerial view gives an easy explanation of the various parcels that have been preserved from development so that Springettsbury Township’s Camp Security site can be explored and understood. Campu Security was a British prisoner-of-war camp in the American Revolution. Roughly 2,000 prisoners were detained on the site.