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Did you know Farquhar Estates is a section of Violet Hill? Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 22, 2012


This 1937 aerial photograph, courtesy of Stephen H. Smith’s YorksPast blog, shows A.B. Farquhar’s Edgecombe estate (No. 1) in 1937. It was a part of three posts on the Spring Garden Township hamlet of Violet Hill. Now that’s a thorough look at this place where hundreds of motorists pass through each day. “In my previous post,” Stephen wrote, “I showed that the earliest mapped location of Violet Hill encompassed Arthur B. Farquhar’s Estate and even extended further west along Country Club Road to Reservoir Hill in Spring Garden Township.” I never thought of Farquhar Estates, as the former Farquhar property is known today, as being part of Violet Hill but history says it is. Also of interest: These old steps lead to Edgecombe, A.B. Farquhar’s former estate.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Shippensburg University has re-released a book about black Civil War veterans: “Dum Spiro, Spero: Chambersburg’s Black Civil War Soldiers and Sailors: A Tribute to the Veterans Laid to Rest in the Mt. Vernon and Lebanon Cemeteries.”

A release says the book comes out on the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 150th anniversary of War Department General Order Number 143 that established the federal Bureau of Colored Troops on May 22, 1863.

stamp 2_400This newly released  stamp honors the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Art Glatfelter honored: Hundreds gathered at the Utz Arena to honor Art Glatfelter this weekend.

Survivor of Bataan: This POW lived through the Bataan Death March and continues to tell others about that terrible moment. Check out: POW/MIA Service of Remembrance.

Forum of  the day: Exchangers are discussing the speeches and letters of George Washington.