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alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.4 - Posts: 7561)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 11:45 AM

INDEPENDENCE DAY- A LOCAL HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE [YORK, PA]

A few historical tidbits from my hometown:

In July 1775, some 80 members of the York Rifle Company left home and ,on foot, traveled to Boston. Marching more than 400 miles, they were the first rifle company raised by Congress to the area. Historians note that they were excellent marksmen, able to hit a man-size target at 300 yards.
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Two signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in York.
James Smith and Philip Livingston.
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We just conducted another tradition this morning-- the ringing of our local Liberty Bell [St. John's Episcopal Church.]. The bell summoned locals to the Colonial Court House to hear news of the Declaration of Independence. After services today, the bell was rung 13 times, in honor of the original colonies, then all persons present were invited to ring the bell themselves- gently, of course.
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The famous Conway Cabal [conspiracy to remove George Washington as Commander of the Continental Army] was held while York served as the capital and home of the Continental Congress in 1777.
On April 30, 1789, Washington took the oath of office as the first President of the United States.
On July 3, 1791, he walked the streets of York. Former soldiers fired rifle salutes; old friends greeted him; candles flickered in windows, and he slept in the old Black Horse Tavern.
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Have a great holiday and wonderful weekend.








jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 1:36 PM

Thank you so much for reminding us! Happy 4th to you - glad you get to enjoy authentic reminders of the Independence process.

bluesky
Bluesky  (Level: 68.2 - Posts: 150)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 5:20 PM

Love little tidbits like that!! Thank you. Happy Fourth of July!

Patty

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 7:29 PM

Nice bits of trivia, Al. Even your Canadian buddy enjoyed them

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 7:52 PM

Just another little sidelight to history, Lancaster was the capital of the U.S. before York was. I'll bet that regiment marched with rifles made by Lancastrian Martin Mylin. Al, come to Lancaster to see "Seed of a Nation, Lancaster and Penn's Holy Experiment'at the Roschel Performing Arts Center at Franklin and Marshall. Happy Fourth!

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.4 - Posts: 7561)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 8:37 PM

Thank you Lancaster for the additional information.
Both "Rose" cities have compelling histories.


osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 9:26 PM


Very interesting, Al! Thank you for the history and patriotism. Sounds like you have a wonderful 4th of July tradition in York.

Happy Independence Day!

Susan

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Fri, 4th Jul '08 11:35 PM

Early American history is pretty interesting. I live in Monmouth County, NJ and the Battle of Monmouth (June 28, 1778) was the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. Molly Pitcher (Mary Hays McCauley) loaded the cannon for her husband after he fell. Gerorge Washington led the troops against Henry Clinton. The lack of daylight forced a stop to the day's fighting and the British had retreated by the next day. Each year in late June this battle is re-enacted in the Battle of Monmouth Park. There are many re-enactments in Monmouth County and encampments throughout the course of the year. Lots of history here, I understand Al's pleasure in the history of his hometown.
Maureen


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