Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Titans of Hanover Industry
A Heart of Hanover Trail Stop
You are facing the Moul family mansion. A block behind it is the Conrad Moul iron foundry and saw and planing mill, first established in 1842, with the brick building before you erected in 1888. The Moul businesses were a mainstay of the Public Commons, Hanover's industrial park from the late 19th century well into the 20th.
Varied industries, such as foundries; distillers; and coal, lumber and hemp rope distributors, bought or rented parcels within the Commons. The Commons roughly extended from Railroad Street to the west, North Street to the north, and Chestnut Street to the east.
Two blocks to the left of the Moul commercial structure, also on Chestnut Street, was the town's first firehouse, Hanover Fire Co #1, built in 1878. This building still stands. Immediately to the left of the Moul structure is Hanover's second municipal farmers' market, built in 1932-33 to improve sanitation by bringing commerce indoors. Always owned and operated by the borough, it is open for business every Saturday.
Live Near Where You Work
In the 19th century, the original Moul townhouse stood to your right. It was
To your left, the Fitz house was the residence of Samuel Fitz, founder of Hanover Foundry and Machine Works (later the Fitz Water Wheel Company) and son John S. Fitz (1847-1914).
Well beyond the current market, at the outer boundary of the Commons on North Street was the Fitz Water Wheel Foundry, which operated from 1840 well into the 20th century. Penn-Mar Castings, Inc. now operates at that site.
The Fitz I-X-L steel overshoot water wheel's superior efficiency made it a big seller into the 20th century. By 1915, Fitz had over 300 such wheels running throughout the nation and Europe. Forty were in York County alone.
"My grandfather Conrad Moul said: 'You see those holes over there in the down spout on Auntie Creager's house?' 'Yes,' I said. 'And those small holes or impressions on the brick wall [meaning north wall of (Moul's) house]. 'Yes, I often wondered how those holes got there.' 'Well, they are bullet-holes from soldiers' guns, fired as they came in Abbottstown Street, and then we all went down in the cellar for safety, until all danger was past."
Ervin M. Fitz, son of Jacob Fitz and grandson
William Anthony, Battle of Hanover (1945).
Erected 2022 by Main Street Hanover; and Heart of Hanover Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
Location. 39° 48.178′ N, 76° 58.881′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Broadway (Pennsylvania Route 194) just north of Locust Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Broadway, Hanover PA 17331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Former United States Post Office (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederates Take Stock (about 400 feet away); The Turning Point (about 500 feet away); Abbottstown Street/Broadway (about 500 feet away); The Aftermath & Stench of Death (about 700 feet away); Warfare Engulfs Downtown (about 800 feet away); Trinity United Church of Christ (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Heart of Hanover Trail
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