J.W. Gitt owned The Gazette and Daily in York, Pa., for 55 years. His left-leaning
‘The Bay is more solidly frozen than I’ve seen it in the thirty years I’ve live(d) around here,’ Maryland resident Don McClure wrote on Facebook about the region where the Susquehanna River meets up with the Chesapeake Bay. It was a cold February when Don McClure, a photographer whose work ofen has appeared on YorkTownSquare, wrote this. March is starting that way, too.
Stephen H. Smith, in his YorksPast blog, is making wonderful contributions to our understanding of York County, Pa. In this graphic, he addresses a topic I’ve always pondered: Where actually was the canal at York Haven. Here he shows us – and in this Yorkspast post, he explains many things about the man-made waterway. The canal by-passed rapids in the Susquehanna River and fed commerce in York Haven and the lower Susquehanna starting in the late 1700s. Stephen gives this excellent summary: ‘The canal was about one mile long, hugging the York County bank of the Susquehanna River from the top of the Conewago Falls, downriver to two locks at the lower end, near present day York Haven; all required so that river traffic could negotiate the 19-foot drop of the Conewago Falls.’
Some immediately assign a vaulted ceiling, as seen here, to a stop on the Underground Railroad. But this was a common design feature in very old homes around York, Pa., including this 18th-century structure. Can you place this scene? Hint: No, it’s the the Stone Mill in southwestern York County. In fact, this structure never was a mill.
Linked in/Neat stuff: Lefty George’s number?/Powwowing, Lancaster County style Artist Cliff Satterthwaite sent in this undated photograph
New Freedom, Pa.’s Ron Wolf is seen with new Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman in 2000. Wolf has gained a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame, the second person with York County roots to do so. York High’s Chris Doleman was voted in last year.
Alpacas such as those seen here on Shady Pine Farms in North Hopewell Township are relatively new to York County, Pa., soil. But as the desire for natural fibers has grown in America, this South American animal is increasingly seen around York County, a county that is no stranger to working in the carding, weaving and spinning business. In fact, a museum is opening to educate and observe York County’s long relationship with textiles.