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Actress Monika Ross is seen in the character of York County’s Amanda Berry in the play ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad.’ Dr. Dorothy King, a York native, will present about PennOwl Production’s play on Sept. 6. A news release says the drama tells the story of three slaves who traveled northward on the Susquehanna from Havre de Grace, Md. – where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay.

A fun part of the History Mystery quizzes on York, Pa., Daily Record’s Facebook page is engaging with the readers. In the post above and below, I went into the ‘threads,’ as the lines of comments are called, and supply more information. Meeting the reader is part of the fun of social media.

The Vigilant Fire Co. No. 1, in the 200 block of West Market Street, is 40 years old this year. Those four decades make it the newest among York, Pa.’s, fire stations. The ‘before’ photo in this set in the ‘Picturing History’ series shows the Vigilant in the 1970s before it came down along with its social hall. The ‘after’ photo shows it today.

Many people driving by the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover, Pa., wonder what it this magnificent structure looks like inside. Well, the Evening Sun in Hanover heard such requests and offers an intriguing 16-photo gallery.

Last week, I posted five history mystery quizzes originally posed to YDR Facebook readers. This week, the first two – the one above and immediately below – were posted to my Facebook page. I put past posts on YDR Facebook and the daily posts on my page. Many also go on my Twitter stream. I hope you enjoy and engage by clicking on comments, likes and share. And remember, click on the “goog.le” link, if stumped.

Every time you go to Gettysburg, there’s something new to see. In this case, to see and hear. These 1869-vintage bells have a new home of Seminary Ridge. ‘Intended to memorialize soldiers who have fought worldwide and missionaries who have spread the Gospel in peace, it is fitting that the bells are in front of the seminary’s Church of the Abiding Presence, reaching out to the fields that hosted the bloodiest battle fought on American soil,’ the Evening Sun in Hanover reported in: Seminary Bells ring for soldiers, missionaries. So you might hear them before you see them. When they ring, they’ll be heard across the battlefield.

This 1930 photograph from a Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge booklet shows part of the battlefield in Wrightsville 70 years after the Civil War. A Confederate brigade, under the command of John B. Gordon, approached the town from the west, bottom, and ran into an assortment of Union troops – regulars, invalids from the military hospital in York, militia and civilian volunteers. The Confederates sought to secure the bridge. Union command ordered the bridge burned to stop that advance. They succeeded.

Wrightsville is full of veterans memorials, at least six by one count. And the eastern York County, Pa., borough soon will be home to another one, a marker to honor a black fighting man who died defending Wrightsville and its Susquehanna River bridge from the Confederate onslaught in late-June 1863. That marker will be commemorated Saturday at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Wrightsville.

Springettsbury Township’s Myra “Neicy” DeShields-Moulton emailed this photo (and one below) of a gathering at Berkley Historic District near Darlington in Harford County, Md. Descendants of Cupid Paca (Peaco), who donated land for the Hosanna School, part of the district, are pictured here. ‘Several of the African-American early and mid-19th century houses still stand, including the earliest – the original Peca/Paca site,’ a registration form for placement of the district on the National Register of Historic Places states.