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Part V: Conewago Creek crossing near Manchester, Pa., hot spot for years

A couple celebrates their wedding anniversary at the Conewago Inn in this 2005 photograph. The Conewago Inn has overseen many changes at the site where the highway between York and York Haven crosses the Conewago Creek. (For an old photograph of the eatery’s outside, see below.) Also of interest: Conewago crossing near Manchester hot spot for years – Part I and Conewago crossing – Part II and Conewago crossing – Part III and Conewago Crossing, Part IV.

The Conewago Inn, that nice eatery outside Manchester, has stood firm against a lot of change at that busy transportation spot where wagons, trains, trolleys and automobiles have navigated.
And the inn’s website and menu do a good job of pointing this out: … .

Here are excerpts of that history:

Some early history with famous visitors:
“In its early days the York Haven Road was a main route from York and the southern states, and was traversed by a stagecoach line which brought many famous visitors. Revolutionary War statesmen the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825 and author Charles Dickens in 1842 were among those who passed within yards of where you sit today.
Recreation site: “In later years, a trolley line brought visitors by the hundreds to Elm Beach Park, a stone’s throw away from the Conewago Inn, which became a popular stop for tourists who enjoyed the Inn’s food and beverages as well as hot baths and garage facilities. During this time, an outdoor stand sold firecrackers and souvenirs in front of the Inn and lavish banquets were held on the lawns at the side of the building.”
When it was built: “The deed to the main log building dates to 1860. The building served as a farm house until the early 1920’s when enterprising citizens took advantage of its prime location and established an inn named for the creek that flows nearby.”
An early name: “Briefly named the Creekside Inn, the restaurant and tavern has since been known as the Conewago Inn.”
The website/menu links the Underground Railroad with the inn’s basement as well as a barn across the road. This may be so, considering the fact that Quakers north of the Conewago were believed to be active in aiding fugitives. But only two sites in York County are certified Underground Railroad sites, so perhaps the inn should make its case officially to the government’s Network to Freedom.
The website/menu could have mentioned that Confederate raiders in late June 1863 burned bridges in that vicinity.
They raided Wolf’s story in nearby Mount Wolf, leaving worthless Confederate dollars behind. Perhaps they exacted a price from the proprietors of the old log Creekside or Conewago Inn.
One site, so much history… .
Also of interest
Wago Club prez: ‘You’ve gotta respect the (snapping) turtles’.
Exchangers discuss the Conewago Inn: Has anyone been to the Conewago Inn in Manchester?

The old highway bridge, right, sits near the Conewago Inn in this undated photograph. The bridge, replaced by a modern span, still crosses the Conewago Creek today, though unused. As for the inn’s famous turtle soup, it’s served on the first weekend of each month. For more on the inn, visit: Manchester, Pa.’s Conewago Inn: ‘In fact, it’s a difficult place the beat’
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