Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society was founded in 1986 to preserve the heritage of the renowned and historic "Ma & Pa" Railroad.
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It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of two men who were very dedicated to Ma & Pa Railroad.  ...
05/06/2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of two men who were very dedicated to Ma & Pa Railroad.

Floyd Bistline and Ed Pruitt were charter members and also served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society.

The Volunteers at Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village wish to send our sincere condolences to the Bistline and Pruitt families.

Thank you for making the fundraising event of Give Local York a success for us!
05/02/2020

Thank you for making the fundraising event of Give Local York a success for us!

okay... we are hanging till midnight - if you are reading this, and you cannot donate to Give Local York - we understand...
05/02/2020

okay... we are hanging till midnight - if you are reading this, and you cannot donate to Give Local York - we understand, it has been, dare we say, a historical year thus far.

Regardless of whether you donated or not, WE HOPE ALL of you will get a chance to visit us sometime this year - and of course, like everyone else we have no idea what the immediate future will look like.

What we DO know, is that as a people we have endured hardships the likes of which many thought no recovery would be possible. How do we know this... it's preserved in our history.

Thank you so much for all your support these past 24 hours! That link is still open to donate if you can. 45 minutes left. https://www.givelocalyork.org/organizations/maryland-pennsylvania-railroad-preservation-soc

05/02/2020
Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell

Give Local York, - the largest fundraiser for non profits in York County Pa will end at midnight tonight. If you have the means, we are asking you to consider donating to our Preservation Society. Your donation will help us preserve, exhibit and educate those who come to visit our historic village.

please use this link to donate if you can:
https://www.givelocalyork.org/organizations/maryland-pennsylvania-railroad-preservation-soc

Our link is up and taking contributions this morning - If you have the means please consider donating at this time.your ...
05/01/2020
Support Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Soc. in #givelocalyork! | Give Local York 2020

Our link is up and taking contributions this morning - If you have the means please consider donating at this time.

your donation will be "stretched" ..Stretch Pool funds will be shared by all participating nonprofits receiving donations during Give Local York.
To promote support for the arts during Give Local York, The Cultural Alliance of York County is providing a $25,000 Arts Match Stretch pool for York-based arts & culture organizations as well

I’m ready to support Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Soc. on May 1, 2020 during Give Local York 2020. Learn more about Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Soc. and all the other organizations participating in #givelocalyork.

if you have 10 o 12 minutes there is a nice video interview with Robert Pullo, retired chairman and CEO of York Federal ...
05/01/2020
'Generosity is not canceled': Give Local York aims to get 10,000 donors this year

if you have 10 o 12 minutes there is a nice video interview with Robert Pullo, retired chairman and CEO of York Federal Savings & Loan, talks about Bill Wolf's legacy, the York Federal Fellows and the creation of Give Local York.

The coronavirus pandemic isn't closing the curtain on Give Local York 2020 — an annual, county-wide celebration of philanthropy.

Luckily, the event's fundraising takes place online, which aligns perfectly with the closures and social distancing requirements currently in place.

Over the years, Give Local York, presented by Giant, has been both an online and public affair, coinciding with First Friday. And, organizations set up booths and events throughout the day. In 2019, the event raised $3.2 million for over 300 nonprofits in the community.

Executive Director for Give Local York Meagan Given says that "giving is not canceled" because of the pandemic, and there's still a need in the community right now.

Normally, Give Local York has a monetary goal, but this year they're shifting to the number of donors — setting the goal at 10,000. They've even lowered the minimum donation to $5 in light of financial hardships right now.

"Our true purpose is to get people more engaged in philanthropy," Given said.

Beginning at midnight on Friday, May 1, Give Local York's website will have real-time amounts that show how much is being raised for different organizations. This year, they are going to have a YouTube livestream channel that will give updates at the top of the hour beginning at 7 a.m. Friday.

Give Local York is working with Weary Arts Group to provide a virtual, local concert and you can still tune into the Community Progress Council's Karaoke Contest and other online events Friday.

Check out givelocalyork.org to see which organizations are participating this year and to see all of the virtual offerings for the May 1 event.

Give Local York is on May 1 and it'll likely have you glued to your computer or phone screen.

04/30/2020

Two of the greatest things we can give our children are roots and wings … Hodding Carter

You can help us continue to educate homeschoolers, public school children, scouting groups, and civic organizations with a contribution to our All-Volunteer Non-Profit Organization through Give Local York this Friday, May 1st.
For 24 hours ONLY beginning at 12:01 am May 1st, your donation can be stretched ..Stretch Pool funds will be shared by all participating nonprofits receiving donations during Give Local York.
To promote support for the arts during Give Local York, The Cultural Alliance of York County is providing a $25,000 Arts Match Stretch pool for York-based arts & culture organizations as well

you can donate using this link: https://www.givelocalyork.org/organizations/maryland-pennsylvania-railroad-preservation-soc

04/29/2020
Give Local York 2020

Give Local York is a 24-hour day of giving to support local non-profits like Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village. This Friday, May 1st, you can give online all day at https://www.givelocalyork.org/organizations/maryland-pennsylvania-railroad-preservation-soc .
If you have the means to contribute to the progress of our preservation your gift would support our all Volunteer staff to collect, restore, operate and exhibit railroad equipment original to the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad as well as interpret the time of an early 20th-century village when everyday life revolved around the family farm, the general store, and the railroad.

04/15/2020
Wouldn’t it be nice to snuggle into a comfy t shirt with a warm cup of coffee or tea and immerse yourself into a good bo...
04/12/2020

Wouldn’t it be nice to snuggle into a comfy t shirt with a warm cup of coffee or tea and immerse yourself into a good book?

We can help make that happen… just send an email to: [email protected]

– if you are local to Muddy Creek Forks and the surrounding area we can work out a delivery, if you are not local - we can work out a mailing.

Wouldn’t it be nice to snuggle into a comfy t shirt with a warm cup of coffee or tea and immerse yourself into a good book?

We can help make that happen… just send an email to: [email protected]

– if you are local to Muddy Creek Forks and the surrounding area we can work out a delivery, if you are not local - we can work out a mailing.

04/12/2020
it was a great day to be out and about at The Forks ... Zane & Piper were hunting for Easter Eggs... looks like they mad...
04/11/2020

it was a great day to be out and about at The Forks ... Zane & Piper were hunting for Easter Eggs... looks like they made out pretty well too.
Fisherman were enjoying the creek,
Spring is doing its thing....
and everyone is still practicing social distancing

spring
04/11/2020

spring

03/18/2020

"Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.

But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.

'A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts', Mead said.

- Ira Byock, The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life (Avery, 2012)]

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society's cover photo
03/14/2020

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society's cover photo

DID YOU KNOW... there was once a tennis court in what is now our parking lot?the cow in the bottom center of the photo l...
03/05/2020

DID YOU KNOW... there was once a tennis court in what is now our parking lot?

the cow in the bottom center of the photo looks as though she wants to play...

The Village Square.. if you will.  The roof of the "new" store, built in 1899, and the train platform can be seen in the...
02/19/2020

The Village Square.. if you will. The roof of the "new" store, built in 1899, and the train platform can be seen in the center at the very back of the photo.

The stone house on the right, built around 1798 was originally built by one of the mill operators.

The mill... (there has been one on this site since 1759!)you can see a man standing on the second floor - they are loading the boxcar (or unloading)

DID YOU KNOW... that the community of Muddy Creek Forks has been around long enough that men from this area went to Nich...
02/19/2020
Washington Full Episodes, Video & More | HISTORY

DID YOU KNOW... that the community of Muddy Creek Forks has been around long enough that men from this area went to Nicholson's Mill - (located not very far from our Muddy Creek Roller Mill) to vote for General George Washington in 1789?

Our Village and the Forks of Muddy Creek is rich in the early history of our nation - settlers, roads, commerce, mail, railroads, telegraph, telephone.

If you have not been here, - you should come to visit this year.

have you seen the movie Washington?
you can watch the first episode on The History Channel
here:
https://www.history.com/shows/washington

Washington tells the story of how a fatherless young soldier full of personal ambition becomes a leader of men willing to sacrifice all for the common cause. How a once-loyal British subject rises to battle an empire in a liberty-or-death campaign to forge a new nation. And then how, at the zenith o...

the original store at Muddy Creek Forks was next to the mill.
02/03/2020

the original store at Muddy Creek Forks was next to the mill.

A. M. Grove, who purchased the Village of Muddy Creek Forks in 1888 at the ripe ole age of 29,  was a very enterprising ...
02/03/2020

A. M. Grove, who purchased the Village of Muddy Creek Forks in 1888 at the ripe ole age of 29, was a very enterprising young man

Gathered here for our yearly evening of potluck camaraderie are some of the very fine people who make Ma & Pa Railroad H...
02/02/2020

Gathered here for our yearly evening of potluck camaraderie are some of the very fine people who make Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village an outstanding place to volunteer.

Gathered here for our yearly evening of potluck camaraderie are some of the very fine people who make Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village an outstanding place to volunteer.

01/31/2020

A large two engined train was crossing America. After they had gone some distance one of the engines broke down. “No problem,” the engineer thought, and carried on at half power. Farther on down the line, the second engine broke down, and the train slowed to a dead stop. The engineer decided he should inform the passengers about why the train had stopped and made the following announcement:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for some time. The good news is that you decided to take the train and not fly.”

...have a great weekend!

Welcome Home
01/12/2020

Welcome Home

Sometimes people throw away something good for something better,
only to find out later that good was actually good enough
and better never even came close..

01/09/2020
Good Morning

does anyone recognize this? (you will need your volume on, it is sound file)

a couple of Heather Diehl's photos put together for this panoramic scene.  Heather is the lady that lives in the yellow ...
01/08/2020

a couple of Heather Diehl's photos put together for this panoramic scene. Heather is the lady that lives in the yellow house (used to be the telegraphers home) in the Village

Thank you, Heather - Stunning photos!!

what a stunning photo by Heather Diehl - the lady who lives in the yellow house by the creek in The Village
01/08/2020

what a stunning photo by Heather Diehl - the lady who lives in the yellow house by the creek in The Village

From All of Us, to All of You.... Best Wishes for a Very Happy, Healthy New Year!
12/31/2019

From All of Us, to All of You.... Best Wishes for a Very Happy, Healthy New Year!

from an article in The Aegis and Intellegencer news dated Friday, December 5, 1902....Tom, the official mouser of the Ma...
12/27/2019

from an article in The Aegis and Intellegencer news dated Friday, December 5, 1902....

Tom, the official mouser of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, and who recently had a thrilling ride on the trucks of a passenger coach from Baltimore to Lock Raven, has now become a steady passenger on the evening train from Baltimore to Bel Air, says the Baltimore News.

Shortly before the dispatcher’s warning bell rings Tom, with an air of attending to some important and urgent business, hurries down the platform and leaps into the open side door of the baggage coach. By the time the train starts he has picked out the softest spot he can find for a nap.

After the train is well on its way Tom often visits the smoking car, but it is noticed that he only crosses the platforms of the coaches while the train is at a station.

The cat rides all the way to Bel Air, and, while it is a matter of doubt where he spends his evening in the Harford county town, he is on hand bright and early the next morning to return to Baltimore with his friends, the trainmen.

The railroad men have various theories to account for Tom’s regularity in making the trip. The most plausible one is that he likes to ride in the baggage car because he gets a chance to lap up the milk which is sometimes splashed from cans along the route.

Others of Tom’s friends say that he has discovered that Bel Air mice and rats are fat and easily caught, and he journeys into Hartford to gratify an epicurean taste for country-bred rodents.

LIONEL, MTH, HO, MARX, AMERICAN FLYER TOY TRAINS, & ACCESSORIES, New & Vintage TOY TRAIN MEET- Keystone Division TCA (Tr...
12/27/2019

LIONEL, MTH, HO, MARX, AMERICAN FLYER TOY TRAINS, & ACCESSORIES, New & Vintage TOY TRAIN MEET-

Keystone Division TCA (Train Collectors Association)

More information please go to:
http://www.keystonedivisiontca.org/meet-information.html

Saturday, January 4, 2020

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9 AM
Hourly door prizes,
Interactive operating layout for kids
Family friendly event
New, Larger Location!

Lancaster Farm and Home Garden
1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, Pa. 17601
(intersection of Pa. Rt 72 Manheim Pike) & US Rt 30, minutes off Pa. Rt 283)

The Story of the WWI Christmas Truce
12/25/2019
The Story of the WWI Christmas Truce

The Story of the WWI Christmas Truce

It has become a great legend of World War I. But what really happened when British and German troops emerged from their trenches that Christmas Day?

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1268 Muddy Creek Forks Rd
Airville, PA
17302-9462

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Ma and Pa Railroad Historic Village at Muddy Creek Forks

Our story is designed to give you an overview of the village and some understanding of what life was like here when Muddy Creek Forks was an important commercial hub centered around the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad (the Ma & Pa). Much of what we know about this village in the early part of the twentieth century is based on the detailed recollections of Dr. Bruce Grove, who was here helping in the many business activities of his uncle, A.M. Grove.

The General Store

The most prominent building in Muddy Creek Forks, the general store was built in 1900. In the early years of the century this building housed four full floors of merchandise and was staffed by four clerks. Photos show that goods were also displayed on and under the porch. The store stocked a full range of merchandise from food and clothing to cast iron stoves and farm machinery. Items that were not stocked in Muddy Creek Forks could be ordered for delivery the next day from York via the railroad. The store was open 6 days a week from early in the morning to late at night. The only holidays were Christmas and Thanksgiving. In addition to the store this building housed the railroad station, the post office, a telephone room with three lines, and the office from which A.M. Grove oversaw his many business interests. Mail arrived at Muddy Creek Forks by train four times per day. Besides nearby residents who had boxes and picked up their mail here, the post office served a large surrounding area through two rural delivery routes. The post office was closed in the late 1960’s and the store served its last customers in 1983.

Stay tuned... we will tell you more about the village another night.

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