Greater love hath no man than this: That he lay down his life for a friend.
Honoring the men and women of this community who served our country in all wars.
To those who served our country . . . — Map (db m5066) HM
By late June 1863, the Confederate Army had invaded Pennsylvania. After capturing York, the Rebels planned to take the state capital, Harrisburg, and possibly Philadelphia. To get there, they would need to cross the Susquehanna River at . . . — Map (db m31807) HM
1703 - 1790
Settled on these indian lands of
Conejohela in 1730
and held them for Lord Baltimore
against the Penn Proprietors
until 1736, when in the border war
he was burned out
of this log house or fort
near this . . . — Map (db m5861) HM
Thomas Cresap settled here about 1730 on lands claimed by Lord Baltimore of Maryland. Forcibly evicted in 1736 by Penn agents who burned his "fort", Cresap moved to Western Maryland, where he continued active in frontier affairs and died about 1790. — Map (db m5858) HM
Dedicated to those who served to keep alive the flames of freedom.
Erected in observance of the 50th anniversary of the American Legion by Post 469 Wrightsville, Penna. on May 30, 1969. — Map (db m5081) HM
Confederate troops, sent from York by Gen. Early to cross the river and march on Harrisburg, reached here June 28, 1863. U.S. militia withdrew, firing the bridge and barring any Southern advance beyond the river. — Map (db m5064) HM
Four decades after the Civil War, the June 1863 fire at Wrightsville still loomed in Confederate General John Brown Gordon's memory. "The Union Troops stationed at Wrightsville had," he wrote, "after their retreat across it, fired the bridge which I . . . — Map (db m31818) HM
Established by warrant of June, 1722; resurveyed in 1768. Extending from the Susquehanna to about 18 mi. west, and about 3 mi. on each side of this highway, it was largest reserved estate of the Penns in Pennsylvania. — Map (db m5074) HM
Lower Section - York Haven to Safe Harbor
PFBC Wrightsville Access
The Susquehanna River is an American treasure reflecting the places and people of the Pennsylvania heartland. Enjoy your trip on the Susquehanna River Water Trail - an . . . — Map (db m5079) HM
Although the Susquehanna has long been a north-south transportation corridor, it was an impediment to east-west traffic. As early as the seventeenth century,ferries emerged at various points along the river to overcome this barrier. John Wright, an . . . — Map (db m31816) HM
Before the hydroelectric companies built dams on the river in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the lower reaches of the Susquehanna were shallow, rocky, and virtually unnavigable.
In the 1830s, Baltimore merchants campaigned for . . . — Map (db m5078) HM
(North Side):Dedicated in honor of the Sons and Daughters of Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania who have served in the wars of their country (South Side):Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge Built by Lancaster-York Intercounty Bridge . . . — Map (db m31805) HM
Gateway to the West - Wrightsville was settled in the 1720s by Quakers, including the John Wright family. Wright established a ferry and Wrightsville became a major point of crossing the Susquehanna River by pioneers traveling west. In 1811 Jacob . . . — Map (db m5065) HM
Lime Kilns such as these were used for burning limestone and turning it into lime. The lime was used for fertilizer, white-wash, plaster, and deodorant for outhouses. Quarried limestone was also used along with coal and iron ore to make pig iron in . . . — Map (db m32625) HM