The Original Glen Rock Carol Singers
The English contingent in the village of Glen Rock was increased during the year 1848 by the arrival directly from England of Charles Heathcote, Mark Radcliffe, and George Shaw. As the yuletide season approached, on Christmas Eve 1848, Charles Heathcote, Mark Radcliffe, and George Shaw enlisted the help of Mark and James Heathcote. These five individuals went from house to house serenading the villagers of Glen Rock. The first four individuals named sang, while James played the bassoon.
It is most likely that the intent of these five men was to continue the English tradition to which they were accustomed, and that was the singing of carols outdoors as part of their observance of Christmas. Glen Rock was still a very small village in December 1848 with only seven families to serenade.
This carol singing tradition in Glen Rock has continued unbroken since 1848, as the carolers each year have, and will continue to, endure whatever the elements might have for them, including rain, snow, and bitter cold winds. Among the rewards for each caroler past and present, is the knowledge each singer had, or has, that he has helped to maintain for another year this long and worthy tradition, an inheritance exclusively ours.
This monument is dedicated to all those who have served as a caroler in the past, those who are serving at the
Erected 2014 by Mr. & Mrs. Rodney L. Krebs and Family.
Location. 39° 47.655′ N, 76° 43.944′ W. Marker is in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Heritage Rail Trail Park Crossing, on the left when traveling south on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker and monument are about 100 feet south of the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 216 and Water Street. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Rock PA 17327, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creek and Rail (a few steps from this marker); Trains, Grains, and More Trains (a few steps from this marker); The Glen Rock Woolen-Flour & Feed Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold Spring Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Roland Forrest Seitz (within shouting distance of this marker); Item Building / Bixler's (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First National Bank (about 700 feet away); Glen Rock Auditorium (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Rock.
Also see . . .
1. Glen Rock Carolers. (Submitted on April 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Welcome to Glen Rock PA. (Submitted on April 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.