“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Mifflin House

Underground Railroad to Civil War

Mifflin House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 18, 2020
1. Mifflin House Marker
Inscription.  Directly in front of you stands Hybla, which Jonathan and Susanna Mifflin, a Quaker couple, built about 1800. Mifflin, a Revolutionary War captain (afterwards a colonel), and his wife hid freedom seekers on their estate and helped them escape across the river into Lancaster County, often in conjunction with free black boatman Robert Loney. Once across, Susanna Mifflin's brother William Wright, a leading abolitionist in the river region, welcomed them and ensured their safe passage to other conductors farther east. Their secret activities were part of an informal network that came to be called the Underground Railroad. Samuel W. Mifflin inherited Hybla in 1840 on his father's death. He and his wife Elizabeth continued their Underground Railroad operations until moving away in 1846, as Samuel constructed bridges for the emerging railroad industry.

By the time of the Civil War, Jacob Huber and his family lived in Hybla. During the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate soldiers marched to Wrightsville to sieze the bridge to cross into Lancaster County and march to Harrisburg. Pennsylvania state militia and other Union troops, augmented by 53
View of the Mifflin House from the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 18, 2020
2. View of the Mifflin House from the marker.
The Mifflin House is currently a private residence, and is not open to the public. Although obstructed by crops and tall grasses in the summer, this is currently the closest you can get to the Mifflin house.
free black men from the river region, resisted the Confederate advance for a short time before withdrawing across the nearby covered bridge to Columbia. Confederate artillery fired multiple explosive shells at the Union lines from the yard of Hybla during the engagement on June 28, 1863.

"I would jump into the river rather than return to bondage." —"Ensor Sam" Berry, Baltimore Co., Maryland, slave who passed through Wrightsville

Samuel Wright Mifflin (1805-1885), portrait by James R. Lambdin Courtesy Mifflin descendant Duncan Ely

Hybla, late 19th century - Courtesy York County History Center
Erected 2019 by Pennsylvania Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 40° 1.604′ N, 76° 32.412′ W. Marker is in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Cherry Street west of North 7th Street, on the right when traveling west. To access the marker, park at the dead-end of 600 Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Cherry Street, Wrightsville PA 17368, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wrightsville Engagement (here, next to this marker); World War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Road of Remembrance (approx. ¼ mile away); Springetsbury Manor (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flame of Freedom (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1861 - 1865 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wrightsville.
More about this marker. The marker features a map of the Underground Railroad Routes in Southern Pennsylvania.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2020, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2020, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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