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Lime Kilns such as these were used for burning limestone and turning it into lime. The lime was used for fertilizer, white-wash, plaster, and deodorant for outhouses. Quarried limestone was also used along with coal and iron ore to make pig iron i…
Four decades after the Civil War, the June 1863 fire at Wrightsville still loomed in Confederate General John Brown Gordon's memory. "The Union Troops stationed at Wrightsville had," he wrote, "after their retreat across it, fired the bridge which…
Although the Susquehanna has long been a north-south transportation corridor, it was an impediment to east-west traffic. As early as the seventeenth century,ferries emerged at various points along the river to overcome this barrier. John Wright, a…
By late June 1863, the Confederate Army had invaded Pennsylvania. After capturing York, the Rebels planned to take the state capital, Harrisburg, and possibly Philadelphia. To get there, they would need to cross the Susquehanna River at Wrightsvil…
(North Side):Dedicated in honorof theSons and Daughtersof Lancaster and YorkCounties, Pennsylvaniawho have served in the warsof their country(South Side):Columbia-Wrightsville BridgeBuilt by Lancaster-York IntercountyBridge Commission Lancaster…
1703 - 1790A MarylanderSettled on these indian lands ofConejohela in 1730and held them for Lord Baltimoreagainst the Penn Proprietorsuntil 1736, when in the border warhe was burned outof this log house or fortnear this marker toward the riveron hi…
Thomas Cresap settled here about 1730 on lands claimed by Lord Baltimore of Maryland. Forcibly evicted in 1736 by Penn agents who burned his "fort", Cresap moved to Western Maryland, where he continued active in frontier affairs and died about 1790.
Chartered by Pennsylvania, 1835; run by the canal company, 1840-1872, and the Reading Railroad till 1894. Followed the river for 45 miles below Columbia.
Masonry visible beside the river remains from a lock of the canal which carried goods southward from Columbia, and provided an outlet for trade from Pennsylvania to Baltimore.
These guns presented by U.S. Government mark Wrightsville as the farthest point east reached by the confederate forces June 28, 1863 during the Civil War.Dedicated by Post No. 270 G.A.R. July 4, 1900Replaced by Wrightsville Rotary Club 1954