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In Red Lion, Pa.: Working on the Ma & Pa Railroad

Linked in/Neat stuff: Civil War conscientious objectors/Cameron Mitchell Day
Jan Barnhart of the Red Lion Area Historical Society emailed in an update about Ma & Pa Railroad station renovations in the borough. The historical group has been working on the station for about 15 years and is finishing restoration work there, including the relaying of the rails.  ‘They were removed for a Red Lion borough drainage and water project several years ago,’ Barnhart wrote. ‘Volunteers from the Society and Model RR club have been helping under the supervision of a professional railroad man. We are about half way finished. Since the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad virtually built the town of Red Lion, it is an important part of local history. This rail line was also vital to the prosperity of the southeastern quadrant of the county … . ‘  Also of interest:  Red Lion, then and now: ‘Welcome to a popular page on our web site’.


Other neat stuff from all over … .


Conscientious objectors in the Civil War? That’s not a topic you read about very often.

A free public presentation on this topic is set for this afternoon  at the Southcentral Pennsylvania Genealogical Society’s meeting.

Details: Conscientious objectors. Also, see: The other side of the Civil War.



These photos represent the coming together of several themes in York County. For decades, York countians have performed their art in many ways. And fall is the time for colors – in the foliage and on food… . 

Jen Rutters heads the cake decorators in the bakery at Brown’s Orchards and bears the colors of her craft in this behind-the-scenes photograph. All departments at Brown’s are in full speed this time of year, including the cider-making operations, a short distance from the bakery. There, the cider press is turning out 5,500 gallons a week. Also of interest: Check out these outdoor colors at Brown’s.



Cliff Satterthwaite captured this wonderful Columbia, Lancaster County, restaurant in 1963. For more of this artist’s work, check out this YorkTownSquare.com category.


Days gone by: A big day is set in Glen Rock, a day proclaimed Cameron Mitchell Day by the York County Commissioners. The proclamation starts with: “WHEREAS, Cameron McDowell (Mitzell) Mitchell is a native son of York County, having been born in Dallastown and having been reared in Shrewsbury, the son of a prominent minister … ”