Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society

Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society Historical society related to Glen Rock, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. Includes museum, research library, monthly meetings, and special events!
THE MUSEUM AND MEETING ROOM ARE LOCATED IN THE PEOPLESBANK, AT THE SQUARE IN GLEN ROCK, PENNSYLVANIA; 1 MANCHESTER STREET, GLEN ROCK, PA 17327. PLEASE ENTER AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GLEN ROCK: WILLIAM HEATHCOTE, FOUNDING FATHER, ARRIVED AT HIS FARM IN SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY FROM ENGLAND IN 1837, VIA CHESTER COUNTY AND OHIO. HE BUILT A WOOLEN MILL AND BEGAN HIS JOURNEY OF PUTTING THIS SMALL FARMING COMMUNITY ON THE MAP. WHEN A RAILROAD ROLLED THROUGH IN AUGUST OF 1838, W. HEATHCOTE’S STATION WAS ONE OF THE INITIAL STOPS. IN 1843 A POST OFFICE WAS ESTABLISHED AND GLEN ROCK GAINED ITS NAME; AND WAS LATER INCORPORATED IN 1859. GLEN ROCK MAY HAVE BEEN FOUNDED BY AN ENGLISHMAN, BUT SOON THERE WOULD BE MORE GERMANS IN THE AREA THAN ENGLISH.

Mission: THE SOCIETY WAS ORGANIZED TO FOSTER INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF GLEN ROCK AND THE SURROUNDING VICINITY, CONDUCT RESEARCH, EDUCATE THE PUBLIC, PRESERVE RECORDS AND OBJECTS, MARK SITES AND PURSUE SUCH ACTIVITIES AS MAY RELATE TO THE HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY.

Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society's cover photo
11/24/2018

Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society's cover photo

11/24/2018
08/10/2018

ATTENTION: Due the scheduling conflict the museum will NOT be open this Sunday, August 12, but will instead be open on Sunday, August 19, same hours 2-4 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Calvin “Corky” Sweitzer’s Barber Shop  “Can you guess where its location was?”       This was a project the la...
02/15/2018

Calvin “Corky” Sweitzer’s Barber Shop “Can you guess where its location was?”

This was a project the late “Otts” Hufnagel was working on. Ask Bob Nicklow II…

Upcoming Events:
Feb. 27, 2018 – “Show & Tell” Bring your Glen Rock item to “Show & Tell” about it.
Mar. 27, 2018 – “Robert Machovec – Metal Sculptures” [email protected]
Apr. 24, 2018 – Lucy Cadwallader – “Victorian Hair Jewelry” lucyshairwork.com

The Glen Rock Historical Preservation Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Peoples Bank, enter near fire escape in back.
Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the 4th Tuesday of each month, except Dec. is the 3rd Tuesday The Museum is open the 2nd Sunday of each month, 2 – 4 p.m.

Special Openings for Groups by Appointment 717-235-1444

The Glen Rock Historical Preservation Society is sponsoring a “Pig Roast”, on May 5, 2018, @ 5 p.m. at the Glen Rock...
02/15/2018

The Glen Rock Historical Preservation Society is sponsoring a “Pig Roast”, on May 5, 2018, @ 5 p.m. at the Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Fire Co.

Call Jim Ream for tickets @ 717-235-2468 or Lois Myers for tickets @ 717-428-2394

**All Proceeds will benefit the G.R.H.& L. Co’s. *Star Fund* &
the *Glen Rock Street Decorations* Committee.**

Come out and enjoy the good food and help to support these two worthy causes.

I thought that I would share, this event is Saturday in York at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, part of the York C...
01/10/2018
York County History Center

I thought that I would share, this event is Saturday in York at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, part of the York County History Center. It is nice to know that Glen Rock is being told!

Learn the history of the Foust Distillery in Glen Rock during this week's Second Saturday lecture. Dr. Joshua Doll will be the speaker in this fascinating talk about the 125-year history of the distillery. Join us at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 10:30 a.m. on January 13th. Second Saturday programs are always free! http://ow.ly/Aflj30hHo39

Photographs from the 2017 Plaque Dedication at the Methodist Church on the corner of Church and New Streets.Thank you to...
01/05/2018

Photographs from the 2017 Plaque Dedication at the Methodist Church on the corner of Church and New Streets.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!

This ad seemed appropriate as I, as an allergy suffer, would love to have a "magic" box to take away my symptoms this ti...
09/03/2017

This ad seemed appropriate as I, as an allergy suffer, would love to have a "magic" box to take away my symptoms this time of the year. And for only $.25, what a deal! This was from a 1924 directory.

This ad was found in documents and pictures that were retrieved from "Otts" personal computer by Craig Rohrbaugh. Thanks Craig, for saving all of this valuable information!!!

Please consider joining the conversation about the future of York County History! It is being held at the Mill!
05/11/2017
York County History Center

Please consider joining the conversation about the future of York County History! It is being held at the Mill!

Hey, Southern York County! We need YOUR unique perspective on the new History Center! We're road-tripping north, south, east and west, and on Thursday (May 18th), we'll be at the Glen Rock Mill Inn (WITH refreshments) to learn what stories of York's history are most important to you! Please come, and join the conversation! 6-8 p.m., RSVP to Kate Redshaw, [email protected] or 848-1587, ext.210. To learn more about the project, go to http://online.pubhtml5.com/dcif/tcgm/

04/25/2017

Monthly Meeting tomorrow night! Museum opens at 6:30pm, meeting and program begin at 7:30!! All are welcome and it is FREE.

It's with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our leader and chairman, John "Otts" Hufnagel. Public viewi...
12/21/2016
John Hufnagel's Obituary on York Daily Record & York Dispatch

It's with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our leader and chairman, John "Otts" Hufnagel. Public viewing will be Thursday evening 6-9pm at Geiple's.

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | John "Otts" C. Hufnagel Glen Rock John C. "Otts" Hufnagel, 60, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at York Hospital following a brief illness. He was the longtime companion of Jackie Frey. John was born

GLEN ROCK HISTORIC PRESERVATION SOCIETYMEETING COMING UP ON NOVEMBER 22Consider joining us at our meeting which starts a...
11/16/2016

GLEN ROCK HISTORIC PRESERVATION SOCIETY

MEETING COMING UP ON NOVEMBER 22

Consider joining us at our meeting which starts at 7:30pm. We meet in the Peoples Bank building at 1 Manchester street in Glen Rock (at traffic light). Entrance is around back beside the fire escape. Doors open at 6:30 if you want to look around before the meeting. Our program will be an overview of what research material is available at the York County Archives. Look forward to seeing you there.

Photographs from this year's Plaque Dedication!!
11/02/2016

Photographs from this year's Plaque Dedication!!

NEXT OPENING FOR GLEN ROCK MUSEUM ! We at the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society would like take this opportunity t...
10/30/2016

NEXT OPENING FOR GLEN ROCK MUSEUM !

We at the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society would like take this opportunity to invite you to our museum which is located in the Peoples Bank building at 1 Manchester street - Glen Rock. Our entrance is around back beside the fire escape. See attached flyer for details.

We will also have our new Jacob W. Brungart history booklet available for $6.00 at the museum. This booklet was produced as our way to give long time local resident Mr. Brungart, who later on would be referred to as a Folk Artist, the credit and honor which he has deserved for so many years. Glen Rock had a rare treasure in its midst – one of the last true folk artists!

So, stop by the museum and take a look at the Brungart display, as well as everything else. See you November 13.

MY HORSE WAS STOLEN, BUT FOUND BY THEMUTUAL HORSE THIEF DETECTING SOC. OF GLEN ROCK.WHERE DO I GET THE NEW SADDLE & HARN...
10/25/2016

MY HORSE WAS STOLEN, BUT FOUND BY THE

MUTUAL HORSE THIEF DETECTING SOC. OF GLEN ROCK.

WHERE DO I GET THE NEW SADDLE & HARNESS I NEED?

The attached advertisement card appeared on the internet several months ago and I will share what brief information I have been able to put together in regards to it.

Jacob S. Foust (1853 - 1893) first appears in the 1860 census records as being 7 years old and living with his parents, Jonathan & Elizabeth Foust. It was Jonathan that built and operated the Fountain Hotel in 1867 on the corner of Hanover and what was at the time, part of Manchester street (later a part of Main street). Jacob S. Foust does not appear on the 1870 or 1880 census records, but a Sylvester Foust does. It appears to just have been an oversight by the census takers at the time, as Sylvester was actually Jacob, however, the 1870 and 1880 census’ now list him as a year younger than in 1860.

On September 17,1880 at the age of twenty-seven, Jacob S. Foust opened his saddle shop at the corner of Baltimore and what is now 2 Manchester street, but he appears to have relocated elsewhere in town during 1882. By the listings in various directories, Foust only dealt with saddles at his shop, possibly until his partnership with Isaiah J. Young, who was listed only as a harnesses maker.

According to an 1892 write-up, Foust continued on with the harness part of the business after their partnership was dissolved. It is possible that he bought Young’s harness making equipment when they separated. The 1892 write-up was the last mention I found of Foust, but because of his age, I think he probably continued working until his death on March 20, 1893. His death surely hit the family hard. The death records of Zion Lutheran Church record the following: “Jacob Sylvester Foust, age 39, suicide by shooting, buried Chestnut Hill Cemetery.” Jacob’s father, Jonathan, served as executor of his estate.

The following is his write-up which appeared in “1892 Historical Review of the Business and Commercial Growth in York County including McSherrystown, Adams Co.” which now refers to him as a harness maker. “Without some means with which to utilize the strength of the horse, that noble animal would be of little use to mankind, hence the necessity of a harness. Among those engaged in this line of trade is Jacob S. Foust.”

“He has the reputation of being a reliable man and permits no work to leave his shop without his inspection. He turns out single and double, plain and mounted harnesses and every description of new or repair work is executed by him. He also carries a line of horse clothing, whips, collars, robes, snaps, etc......” and by the trade card, he was carrying Vacuum Harness Oil.

A look at the 1881 directory shows no listing for Isaiah J. Young at all. The first listing I found for Isaiah J. Young was in an 1882 - 1883 directory which listed him individually as a harness maker. Directories for 1886 and 1889 also list him alone as a harness maker. Speculation is that sometime during late 1889 or early 1890 Isaiah J. Young and Jacob S. Foust formed their partnership which operated under the name of Young and Foust, per the trade card. This partnership probably lasted until circa mid 1891.

It was in August 1891 that George W. Geiple, Josiah Hoshour and Isaiah J. Young formed a partnership to manufacture certain types of furniture. At first the company took the name of Geiple, Hoshour and Company, with J. V. Hoshour, manager; G. W. Geiple, treasurer; and I. J. Young, secretary. Prior to the firms incorporation in April 1904 the name was changed to the Enterprise Furniture Company. When incorporated, the members of the firm were G. W. Geiple; I. J. Young; J. B. Sweitzer; U. S. Dise and Flavel Seitz.
I am deeply indebted to friend and GRHPS member Charles Norton, for providing me with some family information on Jacob Foust. His wife’s great grandmother, Addie, was Jacob S. Foust’s sister.

BRAND NEW EXHIBIT UNVEILED !!!!!!!The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society has just unveiled a new exhibit titled "Tr...
10/19/2016

BRAND NEW EXHIBIT UNVEILED !!!!!!!

The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society has just unveiled a new exhibit titled "Tribute to Jacob W. Brungart - Folk Artist." Mr. Brungart was a Glen Rock resident from 1915 to 1968. After retiring he took up wood carving as a hobby. Aside from carving many different types of animals and toys, he also built wood models from his memory as a child. Models such as: his great grandfathers Conestoga Wagon, a cider press, an up and down sawmill, a thrashing machine and many various wagons, sleighs and carriages.

Mr. Brungart lived through the Depression, which is probably the reason he salvaged all his lumber from buildings being torn down in Glen Rock. He also used other peoples scrap to make his models. Many of his tools were handmade by him and consisted of things like an old sewing machine turned into a jigsaw.

To go along with the new exhibit, the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society has produced a history booklet honoring Jacob W. "Broomie" Brungart which is available at the museum for $6.00. The booklet contains photos of Mr. Brungart in his workshop, several examples of pieces he made, memories by people that knew him and two sections written by Mr. Brungart himself in 1954. His autobiography and a description of several models he made and why. His autobiography and model descriptions were acquired from, and are in the possession of "The Hershey Story: The Museum On Chocolate Avenue." A quote by Dale Hunt from the booklet: "I am so happy that the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society is taking the time to honor "Broomie". He truly is one of the last true Folk Artists, and it was a great pleasure to know him."

The GRHPS Museum is open the second Sunday each month from 2-4pm in the Glen Rock office of Peoples Bank - 1 Manchester Street. Entrance around back by fire escape. We are also open from 6:30-7:30 on the fourth Tuesday each month prior to our meeting.

On October 16, starting at 2:00pm, the Society will hold their 2016 historic plaque dedication. This event will take pla...
10/11/2016

On October 16, starting at 2:00pm, the Society will hold their 2016 historic plaque dedication. This event will take place at 48 Water Street and commemorate the building built in 1893 as Glatfelter’s Clothing Store, which in 1906 became Seigman and Wherley’s. This event will be held rain or shine. Join us to learn the buildings history.

The monthly meeting of the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society will be held on October 25 in the Peoples Bank building at 1 Manchester Street – Glen Rock. Entrance in rear beside fire escape. Doors open at 6:30, meeting at 7:30pm. The program for the evening will be a talk by author Stephen Nicholas, who will present an overview of S. Morgan Smith. Mr. Nicholas will also have copies of his recently published book dealing with S. Morgan Smith available for sale.

YOU’RE INVITED ON AN EDUCATIONAL ROAD TRIP !  Come on out Sunday, October 9, between 2 and 4pm to visit the Glen Rock ...
10/01/2016

YOU’RE INVITED ON AN EDUCATIONAL ROAD TRIP !
Come on out Sunday, October 9, between 2 and 4pm to visit the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society Museum located in the Peoples Bank building at 1 Manchester street in Glen Rock. Entrance is in the rear beside the fire escape.
Come and enjoy several displays featuring Roland F. Seitz; schools and sports; the Glen Rock Item or the railroad in town, to name a few. We have also just opened our new exhibit which honors Glen Rock’s foremost folk artist, Jacob W. Brungart.
You can look at several albums of local photographs featuring businesses, people, homes, street scenes and more, maybe even find your home or a relatives. Got a Glen Rock picture or piece of memorabilia at home you can’t identify – bring it along to see if we can help. We will certainly go above and beyond to try and provide you with an answer. We are here to share our knowledge and resources with you. We are the next best thing to actually having lived in Glen Rock 100 years ago? We offer: Free parking. Free admission. Free answers. Stop by and visit us for an educational experience.
Don’t forget that our “Walk Around the Rock” will also be held on October 9, at 2:00PM. The walk will leave from the Peoples Bank parking lot at the museum. In case of rain, we will try to reschedule the Walk.
On October 16, at 2:00PM, we will hold our 2016 Plaque Dedication at 48 Water Street in front of the former Wherley store. This year we will be commemorating the building built in 1893 as a clothing store and taken over in 1906 by Seigman & Wherley as a clothing store, and much more. Plaque dedication held rain or shine.
DON'T FORGET TO VISIT and LIKE www.grhps.org

09/11/2016
Brodbecks Band

Brodbecks Band

The band playing the University of Pennsylvania Band March by Roland F Seitz under the direction of the composer's grandson Dr Lee Zelley

New acquisitions and exhibits at the museum. Come view them tomorrow Sunday September 11 from 2-4pm.
09/10/2016

New acquisitions and exhibits at the museum. Come view them tomorrow Sunday September 11 from 2-4pm.

REMINDER AS YOU ENJOY YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND  ♬ This Saturday, September 10, starting at 6:00pm, the Brodbecks Band wi...
09/04/2016

REMINDER AS YOU ENJOY YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

♬ This Saturday, September 10, starting at 6:00pm, the Brodbecks Band will be performing a concert on Water street. The concert honoring Glen Rock’s famed musician and composer Roland F. Seitz, will take place in front of 26 Water street, the former residence / studio of Mr. Seitz. The feature of this concert is that all music played will be music which was written by Roland F. Seitz more than 100 years ago. Don’t miss this spectacular opportunity to hear the beautiful and stirring music written by our local hometown boy – Roland F. Seitz.

♬ During the evening there will be a presentation by Lee Zelley, who is the grandson of Roland F. Seitz. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs if they so desire. In case of rain, the concert will be held in Zion Lutheran Church, also on Water street. This concert is sponsored by the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society and PeoplesBank, A Cordorus Valley Company.

Photographs from the Mill plaque dedication.
08/15/2016

Photographs from the Mill plaque dedication.

On Thursday, August 11, members of the Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Company took time to honor a valuable member of their o...
08/12/2016

On Thursday, August 11, members of the Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Company took time to honor a valuable member of their organization. Area residents who are familiar with the Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Company, most likely are also familiar with their recipient of honor, Steve Day. Steve joined the department in April 1972, although he had some set backs of his own, he has dedicated a large portion of his life (over 44 years) to the Glen Rock Fire Department.

He has rarely missed a fund raising event, a Thursday night training session, or the monthly meeting. Over the years, Steve has served on multiple committees and as a trustee. As a way for the fire company to show their appreciation for his service and to celebrate Steve’s upcoming birthday, fire company members, life members and area representatives gathered, as a surprise to Steve, in his honor. He was presented with a citation from the Pennsylvania General Assembly for his service and dedication and Glen Rock Borough Council presented a resolution which recognizes August 28th (Steve’s birthday) as “Steven K. Day Day” in Glen Rock Borough.

The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society, of which Steve is also a member, would like to congratulate Steve for his years of volunteer service to the Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Company and we thank him for giving all the time that he has to a very worthwhile organization. WAY TO GO STEVE and thank you. (colored pictures from GRH&L post)

Address

1 Manchester St. - P. O. Box 102
Glen Rock, PA
17327-0102

General information

MUSEUM HOURS: 2ND SUNDAY @ 2-4PM & 4TH TUESDAY @ 6:30-7:30PM (BEFORE MONTHLY MEETING) MONTHLY MEETINGS: 4TH TUESDAY @ 7:30PM

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 00:00
Sunday 12:00 - 21:00

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