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Did you know this about York/Adams history?

Finding relics around Gettysburg was common in the post-Civil War years? But finding artifacts of the the Battle of Hanover, site of 300 casualties? Blogger June Lloyd tells about one such find in: Civil War Confederate Sword Plowed Up in Hanover. Background posts: The four bloggers write, Skinny dipping for web readers and Best of yorktownsquare.com, 2007 .

York County’s other three local history bloggers regularly come up with surprising findings about the county’s past.
Here are some examples of some topics from June Lloyd’s Universal York, Scott Mingus’ Cannonball and Scott Butcher’s Windows into York that may enlighten and intrigue local history enthusiasts:

Universal York:
– Organizations used to raise funds by breaking jugs. Yes, breaking jugs: York Methodists break jugs.
– Criminals stole precious metal from houses 100 years ago, too: York County Courthouse Spouting Stolen, Sold for Scrap.
– A deep, new Battle of Gettysburg Web site is up and attracting loads of interest: Great new Gettysburg Battlefield website.
– Keystone State residents took pot shots at invading Confederates: Bushwhackers.
Windows into York
– York Bank’s old headquarters were modeled after the State House, that used to sit in York’s Centre Square (and photos are posted to prove it): Centre Square, 1793.
– A decorated Christmas tree was exhibited in York as early as 1823: Dog’s Wool, Swingling Tow & The York Christmas Tree.
Rich stuff.
We are encouraged that readers in increasing numbers – three times the number of page views since August – are accessing this York Town Square and those of my four colleagues. I don’t think it’s hype to say that readers have ready access to more updated York County history research today via www.yorkblog.com than ever in, well, York County’s history.
And here’s one last one post that you won’t be able to resist – from June Lloyd: York Area Smell “…so nauseous that horses will not pass the place.
(Drawing courtesy of the York County Heritage Trust.)