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York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

The Avalong farmhouse, now Christmas Tree Hill, in Springettsbury Township. The Willis House near Prospect Hill Cemetery. Forry Loucks Mansion, now Lauxmont’s farmhouse. Those are a some recognizable farmhouses around York County, Pa. But this modest house might be York County’s most recognizable farmhouse, although it didn’t gain that fame from farming. It was isolated, located in a hollow in the county’s backwoods, but is known to many. Can you ID this place?

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.

This is my favorite photograph of the Hex Murder house, scene of the killing of a suspected witch in 1928. A trio murdered Nelson Rehmeyer, acting with the belief that he had cast a spell on one of them. This York Daily Record/Sunday News photo makes the house appear to be rising from the Rehmeyer Hollow field in southern York County, Pa.

Toyota Arena at York (Pa.) Expo Center is becoming the Utz brand one letter at a time as suggested in this photograph, one of a series captured by York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel. Hanover-based snack food maker Utz secured naming rights to this multi-use building at the old York Fairgrounds.

It will be an interesting night in Glen Rock, Pa., when J. Ross McGinnis takes the podium in April to talk about the Hex Murder of 1928. McGinnis is an attorney with a gift for spinning a tale – only a true, terrible tale in this case. He will tell how three young assailants attacked suspected witch Nelson Rehmeyer to break a spell in a remote hollow not far from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.