Wrightsville in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
With the advent of railroads and The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal in the 1840s, Wrightsville's growth continued. Industries began to flourish. Quarries supplied stone for building and for making lime. Brickyards, lumberyards, sawmills, iron foundries, cigar factories, a silk mill and sewing factories provided employment. Several operated well into the 20tgh century.
In the mid 19th century, slaves on the Underground Railroad reached freedom as they passed thru Wrightsville. On June 28, 1863, a Civil War skirmish between Confederate and Union forces culminated with the destruction, by fire of the world's longest covered bridge forcing the Confederates westward into the fateful battles at Gettysburg.
While Wrightsville no longer has railroads, trolleys, ferry boats and canal boats, the Wright's Ferry Bridge (Rt.30)
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal marker series.
Location. 40° 1.535′ N, 76° 31.751′ W. Marker is in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Highway (Pennsylvania Route 462) and Hellam Street, on the right when traveling east on Lincoln Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wrightsville PA 17368, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Legion Monument (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hosting the Invader (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burning the Wrightsville Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); The River: a Corridor and a Barrier (approx. ¼ mile away); Wrightsville's Lime Kilns (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wrightsville.
Also see . . .
1. Wrightsville Facts and Figures from Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 30, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Welcome to Wrightsville Borough. Official Website (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Abolition & Underground RR • Bridges & Viaducts • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Military • Notable Events • Notable Persons • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,879 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2. submitted on June 12, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on January 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 4, 5. submitted on February 25, 2010, by Dianne Bowders of York, PA.