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New Freedom in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Summit Grove

Scaling the Heights

 
 
Summit Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 4, 2008
1. Summit Grove Marker
Inscription.  You may not feel like you're standing on top of a towering mountain, but this is the Northern Central Railway's highest point between York and Baltimore. That's how this spot got its name, Summit Grove. It's 827 feet above sea level.

The average NCR grade in York County is a gentle 0.8%. But the grade between Glen Rock and Summit Grove is 1.5%. In other words, the grade doubles in only six miles.
 
Erected by Heritage Rail Trail County Park and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 44.018′ N, 76° 42.275′ W. Marker is in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Front Street and Logan Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the York County Heritage Rail Trail, just to the east of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: New Freedom PA 17349, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. All Aboard! (approx. half a mile away); Homes on Wheels, Mobile Offices (approx. half a mile away); The Farmer's Town
Marker detail: H9s locomotive, typical helper engine on NCR image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: H9s locomotive, typical helper engine on NCR
(approx. half a mile away); Freeland (approx. 2.2 miles away in Maryland); Spurgeon Milton Keeny (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mason and Dixon Line (approx. 2.6 miles away in Maryland); Mason and Dixon Mile Stone (approx. 2.6 miles away in Maryland); Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915) (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Freedom.
 
More about this marker. This is a large composite marker, mounted horizontally, on waist-high metal posts.
 
Also see . . .
1. New Freedom Borough, Pennsylvania. New Freedom Borough is located in the southern portion of York County, Pennsylvania. The borough borders the Mason-Dixon line and was incorporated in 1873. People of German, English, and Scotch-Irish descent settled the area. The rich, fertile soil provided a comfortable living for farming and agricultural opportunities. Summers Canning Company operated in the town for years, canning the freshest harvests and then shipping the final products. Summers Canning Company was sold to Hanover Foods in 1984. The Northern Central Railway was a primary factor for early growth of the town. The rail service established a vital means of commerce and transportation until Hurricane Agnes in 1972 destroyed much of the rail line and bridges
Charles G. Summers Jr. Cannery Mural (<i>located along rail trail, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 4, 2008
3. Charles G. Summers Jr. Cannery Mural (located along rail trail, near marker)
in York County. (Submitted on October 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Heritage Rail Trail County Park. The 19th century saw the growth of the Northern Central Railroad, a vital link between Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, PA, upstate New York and Lake Ontario. Its passage through York County brought prosperity to the area’s farmers, merchants and manufacturers, and spurred the growth of communities like New Freedom, Glen Rock, Seven Valleys, Hanover Junction and the aptly-named town of Railroad. (Submitted on October 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Typical Summit Grove / New Freedom House (<i>located along rail trail, near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 4, 2008
4. Typical Summit Grove / New Freedom House (located along rail trail, near marker)
Pennsylvania Rail Road Caboose (<i>located at New Freedom Station, 1/2 mile north of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 4, 2008
5. Pennsylvania Rail Road Caboose (located at New Freedom Station, 1/2 mile north of marker)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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