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Maybe now you’ll notice this York County, Pa. outdoor art as you drive by

Linked in/Neat stuff: Stewartstown Furniture revisited/More about Camp Security


FlipsidePa.com offers this game: Can you spot York County’s art? This mural observes the influence of railroading in New Freedom borough. In that small town, the Northern Central Railway and the Stewartstown Railroad met for about 125 years starting in the 1800s. Farmers and other agribusinesses from Fawn Grove to New Freedom could transport their goods via the Stewartstown RR to the Northern Central, later the Pennsylvania Railroad. Today, the Stewartstown Railroad is reviving and the old Northern Central has become York County main rail trail and offers Steam into History excursion services. Maybe southern York County’s New Freedom will again become a railroad town. This mural – on the side of Marlin’s Auto Center – ties all this together. For 5 other examples of public art in this quiz, check out: York County art. Also of interest: Unveiling hidden art about York Pa.

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York County has a love affair with many things. Furniture making is one of our longtime passions, as evidenced in this comment by Mike Henry on YorkTownSquare’s More Local History page:

‘Regarding Stewartstown Furniture: I work with someone who has family connections to a furniture manufacturing business in York County. He said that southern York County was probably the largest furniture manufacturing area in the country immediately after WW2. There were numerous factories in Glen Rock, Railroad, Stewartstown, Red Lion and other towns. They mostly produced ‘modern’ style furniture at an affordable price for returning servicemen to furnish their new homes with. The furniture was often mahogany with a painted and glazed finish. Stewartstown Furniture most likely produced furniture from the mid 1940′s to the mid 1960′s when the small shops in York County were put out of business by larger, more modern factories in the Hickory, NC area.’

Another reader showed interest in Stewartstown Furniture. Check out: Furnituremaking.


Bentzel's Mill in Thomasville

This appears to be what is now the auction building in Thomasville, as rendered by Cliff Satterthwaite.  The time is in the mid-1960s.
Best of June and Gordon: June Lloyd’s column in the York Sunday News explores Camp Security: Military pension applications gives clues to camp life. And Gordon Freireich writes about that stately building on York’s square: First National Bank in my memory bank.