Stewartstown Area Historical Society

Stewartstown Area Historical Society The Stewartstown Historical Society has been serving the community since 1984. We are located at 17 Mill Street, Stewartstown PA. Hours: Sundays 2:00-4:00 PM. Other hours by appointment.

Our primary purpose is to undertake the preservation and restoration of ancient or historic public buildings, works or monuments significant to or connected with the history of Stewartstown Borough, York County, Pennsylvania and the vicinity immediately adjacent thereto; to erect, restore, preserve and mark such buildings, works and monuments; to publish or republish matters of historical interest and to compile, edit, print and distribute such publications; to care and maintain historic buildings, monuments, objects and antiquities committed to its custody; to research, restore, rehabilitate and engage in other activities furthering the protection, enhancement, continued existence, collection and display, or enjoyment of any building, structure, object, district, place, site or area significant to the history or culture of Stewartstown Borough, York County, Pennsylvania and the vicinity.

03/21/2020
The program“Revealing “Patterson’s Pleasure”scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Stewartstown United Methodist...
03/14/2020

The program
“Revealing “Patterson’s Pleasure”
scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date due to Coronavirus concerns.
The Stewartstown Historical Society

Revealing “Patterson’s Pleasure”:  A Late 18th-Century Log                    Farmhouse in Hopewell Township, PADr. Dona...
02/23/2020

Revealing “Patterson’s Pleasure”: A Late 18th-Century Log Farmhouse in Hopewell Township, PA

Dr. Donald W. Linebaugh
Dean, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
University of Maryland

Utilizing a forensic architectural approach, Dr. Linebaugh will discuss the history and construction of the Patterson (later McElwain) farmhouse located near the intersection of the Plank Road and Route 24. The house was recently destroyed to make way for a new housing development.

March 18, 2020, at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
26 S. Main Street, Stewartstown PA

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society. For more information, contact the historical society at
717-993-5003, or go to our website www.stewhist.org.

The Stewartstown Historical Society will hold an open house on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Visi...
11/28/2019

The Stewartstown Historical Society will hold an open house on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Visit us to see our holiday displays. Families are welcomed! There will be Christmas craft activities for children (and parent) and light refreshments for all.
All publications will be available for purchase, as well as postcards and other Stewartstown and area memorabilia. All are great Christmas gifts for those having an interest in history.
The Stewartstown Railroad Company will also be running their Santa Train rides at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.
Visit these websites for more information:
http://stewhist.org/html/calendar.htm
http://www.stewartstownrailroadco.com/train-rides

Stewartstown Historical Society to Host Open House at the Old Hyson SchoolThe Stewartstown Historical Society invites th...
09/09/2019

Stewartstown Historical Society to Host Open House at the Old Hyson School

The Stewartstown Historical Society invites the public to join us for an Open House on October 6, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the restored Old Hyson School.
The Stewartstown Historical Society has been assisting Hyson School owner Myrna Hyson Ross and her contractor on the restoration of the 1857 stone, one-room Hyson School.
The initial work included clearing of the area around the school, temporarily stabilizing the collapsing north wall, cleaning of the exterior mortar joints, removal of the interior floor and joints, and disassembling the north wall. Subsequent work has included stabilizing the shallow foundation, the rebuilding of the north wall, reinstalling the north wall windows frames, pouring a concrete floor, reinstallation of the original floor joists and flooring, installation of a new summer beam and king post truss, reroofing, and finish carpentry on the windows and trim. The exterior was repointed with a lime-based mortar. The renovation is now almost complete.
The one-room, stone building, built in 1857 based on dendrochronology, was used as a school until the construction of the frame Hyson School in the early 1890s. After the new school was constructed, the stone structure was repurposed as a dwelling and occupied into the early 20th century.
The school is located on Round Hill Church Rd near its intersection with Hyson School Rd, Stewartstown, PA 17363.
For more information, contact the Historical Society at 717-993-5003, or https://www.facebook.com/Stewartstown-Area-Historical-Society-121053244572872/, or our web site: https//www.stewhist.org.

The Stewartstown Area Historical Society and the Centre Presbyterian Church are co-hosting a program by Mark Shermeyer, ...
05/29/2019

The Stewartstown Area Historical Society and the Centre Presbyterian Church are co-hosting a program by Mark Shermeyer, a York architect. Shermeyer will speak about the long-lasting influence of John Augustus Dempwolf, a York architect who left his design style on several hundred buildings in the city of York, including the Grumbacher & Son (Bon-Ton) building, the old York County Courthouse, the York National Bank, the York Central Market, the Hahn House, and many of the large homes in York. He was also the architect of Evangelical Churches built at Steelton and Johnstown, Pa., the Citizens National Bank at Frederick, Md., the Harrisburg State Hospital at Harrisburg, Pa., and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, as well as structures in Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities. The Dempwolf business was a successful architectural design firm from 1876 until the1920s, with over 500 buildings carrying the imprint of their work.
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Mark D. Shermeyer, AIA, is a Registered Architect and President of SAA architects in York since 1998. His experience includes planning and design expertise in all aspects of new construction and building renovation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse for medical, community, governmental, commercial, educational and housing projects. He has researched and lectured extensively on the Dempwolf architecture firm, having begun research on the firm for his thesis at Carnegie Mellon University during the summer of 1980. His research included interviews with Dempwolf family members and employees, and he assisted in procuring the donation of the Dempwolf drawing archives currently housed at the York County History Center.
The program will be held on June 19, 2019, at 7:00 PM, in the sanctuary of the Centre Presby-terian Church, 83 New Park Rd, New Park, PA 17352
A free-will offering will be taken to support the Historical Society. For more information, con-tact the Historical Society at 717-993-5003, or https://www.facebook.com/Stewartstown-Area-Historical-Society-121053244572872/, or our web site: https//www.stewhist.org.

2019 Historian and Preservationist of the Year Award Banquet
04/15/2019

2019 Historian and Preservationist of the Year Award Banquet

04/14/2019

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL BE CLOSED ON EASTER SUNDAY.

03/10/2019
03/10/2019
Don Linebaugh, of the Stewartstown Histoical Society, spoke at the York County History Center (York, PA) today on the ca...
02/10/2019

Don Linebaugh, of the Stewartstown Histoical Society, spoke at the York County History Center (York, PA) today on the canning industry in southern York County: "PUT A LID ON IT!: The Canning Industry in York County." Was so very honored to have Tom Summers attend along with his sons and grandson (left to right - Mike, Don, Tom, Bruce, Bryce).

Tom served as President of Charles G. Summers, Jr., Inc. in New Freedom, PA, from 1967 to 1984. The Summers firm started in Jessup, MD, in 1865, later moved to Baltimore in 1873, and then moved to New Freedom about 1932. Tom followed his mother Caroline as President; she served 1951 to 1967. Charles G. Summers, Jr., Inc. canned a wide variety of vegetables, including corn, beans, tomatoes and onions, under the Superfine brand.

Tom told us about working with the German POWs who were prisoners at the camp in Stewartstown in 1944 and 1945 ( a seasonal facility connected to the main camp at Ft. Indiantown Gap).

He also mentioned that when the firm canned dehydrated potatoes for the US troops, the women working the canning line would place small notes to the troops in the top of the cans!

Visit us over the holidays.  We will be open December 23rd and 30th.
12/19/2018

Visit us over the holidays. We will be open December 23rd and 30th.

PUT A LID ON ITThe Canning Industry in Southeastern York County Dr. Donald LinebaughThe canning industry, which dates ba...
10/17/2018

PUT A LID ON IT
The Canning Industry
in Southeastern York County

Dr. Donald Linebaugh
The canning industry, which dates back to the military campaigns of Napoleon, became an important part of the economy of Pennsylvania and southeastern York County in the late 19th century. This presentation will examine the introduction and rise of the canning industry in southern York County, which is closely linked to the introduction of the Stewartstown and Maryland and Pennsylvania railroads and to the introduction of automated canning machinery, particularly the Sanitary Can machine. Canning houses provided opportunities for area farmers, allowing them to sell their entire crops under contract and opened employment opportunities to men and particularly women during the early 20th century. During the World Wars, canned goods from southeastern PA made their way around the world to feed U.S. troops; during WWII, German prisoners of war at the camp in Stewartstown helped to harvest produce for canning and worked in some of the canning houses.

November 14, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
Presented by the
Stewartstown Historical Society
A free-will offering will be taken to support the historical society.
For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003, https://www.facebook.com/Stewartstown-Area-Historical-Society-121053244572872/ , or our website: http://www.stewhist.org/html/calendar.htm

Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, PaMultiple award-winning author and lecturer Scott Mingus, Sr., wil...
08/08/2018

Slavery and the Underground Railroad
in York County, Pa

Multiple award-winning author and lecturer Scott Mingus, Sr., will present a program on the history of slavery and the operations of the Underground Railroad in York County and surrounding areas.

September 5, 2018, at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
Presented by the Stewartstown Historical Society


Scott Mingus is a scientist and consultant in the global pulp & paper industry and holds patents in self-adhesive postage stamps and barcode labels. The Ohio native graduated from the Paper Science & Engineering program at Miami University. He has written twenty Civil War and Underground Railroad books. His biography of General William “Extra Billy” Smith won multiple awards, including the Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History. He has also written several articles for Gettysburg Magazine, as well as for various historical journals. Scott and his wife Debi live in York, Pa., and for more than a decade he has written a blog on the Civil War history of York County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County History Center for his contributions to local Civil War history.
Copies of Scott’s books, including The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County, Pa. will be on sale (cash/check only)after the program.

All proceeds from the Underground Railroad book ($25) go directly to the York County History Center for its general budget.

A free-will offering will be taken to support the Historical Society.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 717-993-5003.

The Mason-Dixon Public Library and the Stewartstown Historical SocietyJUNE BLOOMS and MOREThe Mason-Dixon Public Library...
06/04/2018

The Mason-Dixon Public Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society

JUNE BLOOMS and MORE

The Mason-Dixon Public Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society will offer their second annual Gardens Tour on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday, June 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The June Blooms and More event will feature a tour of five diverse gardens. Gardens will include:
· an intimate city garden
· a country garden with a fish pond
· a garden of native plants
· a large rose garden
· an unexpected edible garden

This event is a fundraiser for the library and the historical society. Tour tickets may be purchased in advance for a discount and on the day of the event at full price. For more information or to reserve tickets, readers may call the library at 717-993-2404 or stop by the library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown.

03/22/2018

The Historical Society will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

03/22/2018

The program on canning houses in Southern York County scheduled for April 11, 2018, at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church has been postponed. A new date for this program will be announced.

12/15/2017

The Historical Society will be closed on December 24 and 25, 2017.

YESTERSYEARS IN SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY, BOOK III will be available early in December. Price $25.00
11/07/2017

YESTERSYEARS IN SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY, BOOK III will be available early in December. Price $25.00

FAMILY RESEARCH Tips in Applying Family Research SkillsTo Public  History  Stephen H. SmithStephen H. Smith, is a retire...
08/28/2017

FAMILY RESEARCH

Tips in Applying Family Research Skills
To Public History
Stephen H. Smith
Stephen H. Smith, is a retired engineer, a genealogist, and historian, who wrote an award-winning history of Barshinger Families in America; a branch of his family. An interest in local history is used to enhance his family histories and in the development of locally oriented presentations. He also writes for the public on his popular "YorksPast" blog on the York Daily Record site. Now in its fifth year, that blog is approaching 1,000 posts.

September 27, 2017, at 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church
P resented by the
STEWARTSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society.
For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003,
or go to our website www.stewhist.org

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE                      Stewartstown Garden Tour                 “A Salute to Joseph Benson Gable”  ...
04/06/2017

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE
Stewartstown Garden Tour
“A Salute to Joseph Benson Gable”
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 to 2 (rain date May 20)

Visit 7 local gardens including the Homestead of Joe Gable, a self-taught master plant breeder, made Stewartstown famous with his hybrid azaleas and rhododendrons.

Your tour will start at the Mason-Dixon Library, with a video highlighting the many accomplishments and awards of Mr. Gable. Tour wristbands will be distributed at that time.

Tours: $10 in advance and $12.00 on tour day. Please, no children under 12.

For more information, please call the Mason-Dixon Public Library at 717-993-2404.

04/06/2017

The Historical Society will be closed Easter Sunday.

Reinventing the Wheel”The S. Morgan Smith Story York County Industrialist and Pastor presented byStephen Nicholas Jr. an...
04/06/2017

Reinventing the Wheel”
The S. Morgan Smith Story
York County Industrialist and Pastor
presented by
Stephen Nicholas Jr. and Terrence Downs

May 10, 2017, at 7:00 PM
In Heritage Hall
Stewartstown United Methodist Church

A free will offering will be taken to support
the historical society. For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003.

12/22/2016

We are closed Christmas Day and New Years.

Enjoy the Holiday Home Tour on December 3, 2016The annual Holiday Home Tour is always an enjoyable event. This year it i...
11/20/2016

Enjoy the Holiday Home Tour
on December 3, 2016

The annual Holiday Home Tour is always an enjoyable event. This year it is on Saturday, December 3. It includes five residences, the Wallace-Cross Mill, J. J. Hartenstein’s mortuary, and the Round Hill Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Your Society building will also be open with its annual holiday exhibits. The tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 the day of the tour. The event is co-sponsored by the Mason-Dixon Public Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society and is an important fundraising event for both.

Call 717-993-2404 or 717-993-5003 for more information.

Stewartstown Area Historical Society's cover photo
08/25/2016

Stewartstown Area Historical Society's cover photo

A program on one-room schools in East Hopewell Township and the restoration of the old Hyson School will be will be pres...
08/23/2016

A program on one-room schools in East Hopewell
Township and the restoration of the old Hyson School will be will be presented by the Stewartstown Historical Society on Sept. 7, 2016, at 7:30 PM
at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church
8426 Church Rd, Felton, PA 17322.

The new book, One Room One Teacher, by Roger Wilson and Kathryn Jordan, will be available for purchase.

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society.

For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003, or go to our website www.stewhist.org.

12/25/2015

The society has reprinted "Stewartstown:Then and Now" , a history Stewartstown published for the sesquicentennial celebration in 2001. The price is $15.00, tax included.

11/17/2015

Holiday Home Tour 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Mason-Dixon Public Library is pleased to work with the Stewartstown Historical Society to present the Holiday Home Tour of 2015—our 6th year for the tour!

Tour six homes, the Fawn United Methodist Church, and the SHS museum for the annual Holiday Open House.

The Home Tour brochure and reservation form is available at the Mason-Dixon Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society.

Reserve your Tour Pass in advance.

Please stop in to see us.
Your SHS is on the tour!

On September 30, 2015, Dr. David Glenn, a retired dentist and local historian, will present a program on the  challenges...
08/24/2015

On September 30, 2015, Dr. David Glenn, a
retired dentist and local historian, will present a program on the challenges of crossing the Susquehanna River. How the Indians dealt with the river as a barrier, to the opening of the Norman Wood Bridge in 1968.

The program will also include the geology of the river, the Chesapeake and Tidewater Canal, the
Holtwood Dam, the Theodore Burr wooden bridge, and the new kayak feature.

This presentation, sponsored by the Stewartstown
Historical Society, will be held on
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 7:00 PM,
at the Stewartstown United Methodist Church

A free will offering will be taken to support the historical society.
For more information, contact the historical society at 717-993-5003, or go to our website www.stewhist.org.

View the progress of restoration of the historic Hyson School at our website http://stewhist.org/
04/12/2015

View the progress of restoration of the historic Hyson School at our website http://stewhist.org/

01/29/2015

The Historical Society has decided to publish a third volume of Yesteryears in Southern York County. Anyone who would like to share photographs (before 1960) from North Hopewell, East Hopewell, Fawn Twp, Stewartstown, Fawn Grove, New Park, Gatchelville, Cross Roads, or Winterstown should contact the Historical Society at 717-993-5003 or 717-993-6735. Photographs will be accepted as donations, or can be scanned and returned to the owner.

01/24/2015

We now have a new printing of Yesteryears in Southern York County Vol. I available for sale. The price is $25.00 - tax included.

Address

17 Mill St, PO Box 82
Stewartstown, PA
17363

Opening Hours

Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(717) 993-5003

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