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.