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From York Valley Inn to Susquehanna Memorial Gardens office: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Dec. 19, 2009

Here’s another neat shot from Dianne Bowders posted on the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ “Your photos” Web site. The photographer wrote: “A portion of the Olde York Valley Inn was moved to Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York Township where it serves as an office.” It captures the themes of today, snow and history. Also of interest: Readers tell about those blizzards of 1993, 1996 and Ice upon ice pic tells chilly tale of York County’s 1996 blizzard and Old York Valley Inn from the air.
A mixed bag of neat stuff:
– Jonathan Barr and his wife live in the wonderful Elmwood neighborhood,18 Elmwood Blvd.
He has some information on the house in the vicinity of Memorial Hospital and is seeking more.
Here’s edited excerpts info from a recent e-mail:

The house was built in the late 1880’s and after doing some basic research, I believe it might have been built or owned in its earlier life by a member of the Small family. Fred Small was one of the developers of Elmwood. Another member of the Small family built railroad coaches here in York. This is the person I think might have built the house. The house had been through many changes and owners over the years. This includes a bank in the 1930’s as well as an owner by the name of George Pfaltzgraff. In our living room, we have a framed enlargement of a postcard from 1892 of the house and the land around it.
This is a beautiful home with columns and arches in the foyer and vestibule. It was completely gutted and updated several years ago.
We would love to find any information and pictures of the house, so that we can start an album of its history.

Jonathan was aware of the vast holdings of the York County Heritage Trust’s archives. I made sure he was connecting with Historic York Inc., which has inventoried many historic homes and sites in York County.
If you can provide any information on this house, please comment below.
– A reader queried about the manger that was displayed at the old courthouse each year. Then various churches took turns displaying it.
Christ Lutheran in York would display it one year, she wrote and another downtown church would display another year.
If anyone knows its location or has memories about it to share, please comment below.
Post of the day: Yorkblogger Scott Butcher explores the different marketing themes in York County in his Windows Into York post: Branding York?
Forum of the day, The Exchange: When the newer York Valley Inn was being demolished on East Market Street in past few years, people weighed in with their memories.