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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Location of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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|Barnabas and Elizabeth Hughes, founding family of Elizabethtown, from County Donegal, Ireland, purchased the Bear Tavern trading post along the Conoy Creek from Lazarus Lowrey in 1753. Barnabas laid out the town, one of the earliest communities . . . — — Map (db m136588) HM|
|Elizabethtown was incorporated on April 13, 1827, and a railroad was built through the area in the 1830's. Elizabethtown College was established in 1899 and the Masonic Homes followed in 1911. The Borough began its life as primarily an agricultural . . . — — Map (db m136603) HM|
|The town had a central square and a "diamond" pattern common to many newly founded Pennsylvania towns. Stakes in the ground identified boundaries of lots, streets, and alleys. Barnabas Hughes gave them names they still carry—Market Street, . . . — — Map (db m136589) HM|
This memorial is dedicated to all persons who served in the Armed Forces to preserve freedom and democracy of the United States of America
World War I
George S. Alwine
Abram B. Brandt
Walter F. Eshelman
Abraham W. . . . — — Map (db m136606) WM|
|"Wood and coal produced steam that powered passenger trains through Elizabethtown for over 100 years. The 'Golden Age' of steam ended in 1938 when the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased safer, faster, cleaner electric locomotives."
—Pat . . . — — Map (db m136605) HM|
|The Groff, Stauffer, Binkley Mill was most likely steam powered but many of the local mills were run on a water stream's flow and water pressure as depicted here.
Standard Mill Mechanisms (panel 1)
Grain Bin • Chute • Elevator • . . . — — Map (db m135199) HM|
This tablet is erected in memory of two citizens of Elizabethtown who were posthumously awarded our nations highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry & intrepidity in action at the risk of their lives . . . — — Map (db m136607) WM|
|In the early 1900's the Klein Chocolate Company and several shoe factories opened in town. The last of the shoe factories closed in 1979, but Klein Chocolate became part of what is now Mars Chocolate and still plays an important role in the . . . — — Map (db m136604) HM|
|In 1898, J.G. Francis of Oaks, Pennsylvania, then in his late twenties, a free minister of the Green Tree Church of the Brethren, traveled on bicycle throughout eastern Pennsylvania and the eastern shore of Maryland photographing Brethren . . . — — Map (db m136609) HM|
|Mary Zug, the wife of J.G. Francis, was the daughter of Michael and Mary Frantz Zug. She lived at a time when social changes were a challenge to many long held traditions and customs. Though she was a woman of strong beliefs, she was also a woman of . . . — — Map (db m136610) HM|
|On this site in 1876, Joseph K. Groff built Groff's Mill, a steam-powered grist mill on Negley's Run. In 1877, when Joseph joined his brother, John K. Groff, in the meat business at a butcher shop at 13 North Market Street, he sold the mill to Jacob . . . — — Map (db m135098) HM|
|The Brethren movement started in 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany when a group of Pietists of Reformed and Lutheran background adopted an anabaptist church organization. Due to severe repression and economic necessity, virtually the entire movement . . . — — Map (db m136608) HM|
|Shoe manufacturing was an important industry in Elizabethtown's history. One of the first building lots in town as sold in 1763 to Fredrick Zetty, a shoemaker. He handcrafted custom leather shoes from hides purchased from local tanneries. By 1860, . . . — — Map (db m136587) HM|