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York County, Pa.: Discover these 5 neat places in your own backyard

This is a scene awaiting discovery in York County, Pa. This falls is near the preserved Lock 12 on the long-gone Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal in southeastern York County. Here’s a map of the old lock area. And a photo of the lock. Background posts: A far different view of York County, Pennsylvania and water: The river runs through it, and Photographer tramps to the far reaches of York County.





I posted a photo and other information about Stone Mill 1792 a few weeks ago.

It drew this private message on Facebook:

‘Wanted to send you a thank you note yesterday for sharing the open house dates for the Stone Mill in Glenville.’

I responded: ‘Glad you found it helpful. Gave me the idea to put together a post on other not-well-known places that people might discover.

She answered: ‘Thanks! Friends have been commenting on not being aware of these places in their own backyards. Lots of fun discovering these neat finds so close to home.’

That’s encouraging!

So we’ll continue this series of neat places in York County and beyond that might interest you, hone your sense of discovery and prompt a visit.

You’ve seen the falls near Lock 12, above.

We’ll continue with Stone Mill 1792, and add three more sites that might interest and engage you.

"The Stone Mill 1792 in Codorus Township Monday July 21, 2014. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News" We move from southeastern York County to its southwestern part and find Stone Mill 1792. It’s a wedding venue and more. Here’s a description from its website: ‘Vintage Boutique sales, charity events, theme parties, yoga classes… you never know what’s going to be happening at The Stone Mill!’


"Kayaks are lined up at the water access from visitors arriving by the Susquehanna River at The John and Kathryn Zimmerman Center for Heritage in Lower Windsor Township Saturday August 2, 2014. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News" The Zimmerman Center in Long Level offers hiking, tours of the 1700s building and a neat dock that floats on the Susquehanna River. In fact, this post gives a mini-tour: Zimmerman Center on the Susquehanna: They came by land and river to see the improvements. Check out the Zimmerman Center’s website.



The Penn Street Farmers Market is York’s oldest covered market, soon-to-be 150 years old. It’s a rustic market, bringing you back farther in our history than many other market places in the region. Here’ are 7 views to get you acquainted with this old place in York’s west end. Check out the market’s Facebook page.

Plus 1, moving outside York County



New Oxford, Pa.: Just a few miles from York County’s west border. It’s a walkable town in the mold of Lititz, Bedford and Linglestown, all in Pennsylvania. This sums up the town: New Oxford.


Also of interest:

6 cool sites around York County to discover and explore.

6 more cool sites around York County to discover and explore.