York Town Square

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Can you locate this York County town? Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff: Oct. 23, 2010

Here’s a hint about the location of this village. That’s the Codorus Creek running along the valley at left. For the answer, see below. This view come from fascinating York County’s Assessment Data & Mapping page. This useful website offers clear aerial views of York County. Also of interest: Conewago Creek from the air and So, can you find long-gone Springwood Park in this aerial photograph? and Camp Security area of Springettsbury Township from the air.

Neat stuff from all over … .
I get this question frequently when I’m out speaking in York County: Can you give the names of speakers for my civic, service of senior group?
I’ve developed a list of leads to answer the query, and I’ve shared them below: …

– The York County Heritage Trust offers speakers on a variety of topics: Contact: 848-1587; www.yorkheritage.org.
– Three bloggers who write about local history at yorkblog.com – Scott Mingus, June Lloyd, and I – frequently present around the county. Contact information is available on the blogs.
– Ray Kinard, 717 -755-4525, can talk on old grist mills around York. Ask him about other speakers he could recommend.
– Historic York Inc. speakers can talk about building preservation and historic architecture, www.historicyork.org.
– Randy Parker, managing editor, York Daily Record, speaks about newspapering in York County, 717-771-2012; rparker@ydr.com.
– Joan Concilio, Weekly Record editor and Only in York County blogger, speaks about York County life; jconcilio@ydr.com.
– Voni B. Grimes speaks about his autobiography, published a few years ago: 717-751-2736.
Recommended story of the day: Historic Wrightsville has a wagon that rolled along its streets 100 years ago on exhibit. See: Historic Wrightsville unveils restored wagon
Forum of the day, The Exchange: Exchangers are having a good time discussing the village of Gatchelville near Fawn Grove.
Other posts with aerial views:
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging photograph
Just try to resist studying this memory-tugging Sears photograph, Part II
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photo of North York’s White Oak Park
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York Whitehull Airport and York Valley Inn and Playland and …
Columbia-Wrightsville Susquehanna River bridges from the air.
Just try to resist this memory-tugging photograph of northwest York, Pa.
Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York’s Roosevelt Avenue Airport.
All York Town Square posts from the start. (Key word search by using “find” on browser.)

Answer to question about town above: That’s Springettsbury Township’s Pleasureville, previously Possumtown and Springett. Possumtown, according to one report, comes from early resident John Meyer’s penchant for nailing coon and possum skins to his dwelling. Travelers moving from York to Saginaw and Susquehanna River ferries passed through this village. It also served as a farm road to Diehl’s Mill to the south and Mundis Mill to the north. Today, the village gets a lot of traffic from motorists traveling to the nearby Central York High School. The complex at the crossroads in the lower, center of the photo is Pleasureville United Methodist Church, the longtime center of activity in the village.