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Conrad Moul - The Public Commons

 
 
Conrad Moul - The Public Commons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
1. Conrad Moul - The Public Commons Marker
Inscription. The original Moul Townhouse stood to your right. It was the mirror image of the 215 Broadway townhouse behind you. By 1915, the Moul Family replaced it with the Neoclassical Revival style brick home designed by Dempwolf Architects of York, which you see before you now. Relatives of Conrad Moul still occupy this home.

The Public Commons was sold or rented by perpetual land leases to local industries such as foundries, distillers, and coal, lumber and hemp rope distributors. The public Farmers' Market building was erected in 1932 to move the outdoor market inside to improve sanitation.

The Fitz House, to the left, was the residence of the Water Wheel Foundry owner. During the Civil War, local oral history records that the Fitz family nursed a wounded Confederate soldier back to health, hiding him until he recovered and could be smuggled south to his family.

"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 his house) "Yes, I often wondered how those holes got there." "Well, they are bullet holes from soldiers guns, fired as they came in Abbotstown Street and then we all went down in the cellar for safety, until all danger was past." - Conrad Moul.
 
Marker series.
Current Moul House image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
2. Current Moul House
This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour marker series.
 
Location. 39° 48.183′ N, 76° 58.883′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Broadway (Pennsylvania Route 194) 0 miles north of Allewalt Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. It is five houses north of Allewalt Ave. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 Broadway, Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Turning Point (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederates Take Stock (about 500 feet away); Abbottstown Street/Broadway (about 600 feet away); Killed in Action at Hanover (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity United Church of Christ (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Square is Now Recaptured (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Hanover (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Hanover (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hanover.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a portrait of Conrad Moul. On the lower right is a sketch Artist viewpoint of the Commons from railroad tracks crossing Broadway.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Moul House as it appeared in 1863. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 28, 2008
3. Moul House as it appeared in 1863.
The house at 215 Broadway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,490 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on September 13, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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