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Wrightsville, Pennsylvania Historical Markers

 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, January 26, 2008
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Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — 1861 - 1865
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Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — American Legion Monument
(Side 1): Greater love hath no man than this: That he lay down his life for a friend. (Side 2): Honoring the men and women of this community who served our country in all wars. (Side 3): To those who served our country . . . — Map (db m5066) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — America's First Iron Steamboat
The "Cordorus," built in York by John Elgar, was launched at present-day Accomac, on the Susquehanna River, Nov. 22, 1825. the site is about two miles distant. — Map (db m5063) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Burning the Wrightsville Bridge River Towns - Civil War Trails
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Captain Thomas Cresap
1703 - 1790 A Marylander 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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Cresap's Fort
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Flame of Freedom
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Gettysburg Campaign
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Hosting the Invader Rivertowns - Civil War Trails
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Springetsbury Manor
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal
Chartered by Pennsylvania, 1835; run by the canal company, 1840 - 1872, and the Reading Railroad till 1894. Followed the river for 45 miles below Columbia. — Map (db m5067) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal
Chartered by Pennsylvania, 1835; run by the canal company, 1840-1872, and the Reading Railroad till 1894. Followed the river for 45 miles below Columbia. — Map (db m5857) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Susquehanna Canal
Masonry visible beside the river remains from a lock of the canal which carried goods southward from Columbia, and provided an outlet for trade from Pennsylvania to Baltimore. — Map (db m5854) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Susquehanna River Water Trail
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — The River: a Corridor and a Barrier Lancaster-York Heritage Region Susquehanna River Water Trail
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — U.S.S. Maine Memorial
In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15, 1898 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. Maine — Map (db m5080) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Veterans Memorial Bridge
(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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Wrightsville
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
Pennsylvania (York County), Wrightsville — Wrightsville's Lime Kilns
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

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