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From Slavery at Hampton Plantation, MD to Freedom in York, PA. – April 15th, 7:00 pm – Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, PhD, University of Maryland College Park
What is the connection between the Ridgely family of Hampton Plantation in Towson, MD and the Batty family of York, PA? Between 2016 and 2020, Cheryl LaRoche was the Principal Investigator leading a research team investigating the lives and tracing the families of the 300 enslaved African Americans freed after the death of Maryland’s 15th Governor, Charles Carnan Ridgley in 1829. Among those 300, was George Batty, who settled in the southern part of York County with his wife and children. George found work in the iron ore furnaces in York – work that he had done on the Ridgely plantation. His descendants are still living in York County. In addition to the Batty family, evidence also emerged of the important role York played on the path to freedom for those escaping slavery.
CHALLENGING MOMENTS THAT TEACH AND INSPIRE IN YORK COUNTY, PA
Virtual Tours & Videos
You can still spend the day at the museum with our virtual museum tours and story maps! Virtually walk through our exhibitions to learn more about York History stories by visiting our YouTube Channel
Miss one of the York County History Center’s webinars or programs? Visit our YouTube page for all of the video presentations
Download our Zoom Backgrounds
Share Your History
These are extraordinary times! We are now witnessing a unique historical moment as we respond as a state, nation, and world to a pandemic. The York County History Center wants to add your story of how you and your family are understanding and experiencing the current “new normal.” Take a moment to tell us YOUR story!
Want to get started with your own genealogy? These guides will help you collect your family history!
Internet Archive: Digital Library This site includes links to the History of York County by Gibson (1886) and by Prowell (1907), York County and the World War (1920), an autobiography by Yorker Amanda Berry Smith, plus many other early publications and audio and video links:
Even though you are unable to visit right now, you can still access photographs, databases and finding aids to our Library & Archives collections. Thanks to the work of Ophelia Chambliss and others, we now have a guide to our current African American collections in the Library & Archives. We will continue to add collections and finding aids from the Library & Archives as we are able to and as new items are donated.
Please enjoy a look back in time with photos from the York County History Center collection. This is just a sampling over the over 100,000 photographs currently housed in our Library and Archives including York Streets and Alleys, one-room-schools, the Grant Voaden Mills collection, the Ness gas stations collection, Dempwolf architectural drawings, bible collection images, and York County postcards.
The History Center is now offering free digital access to all published Journals of York County Heritage. Originally created in 2010 to celebrate York County history, material culture, cultural heritage, and people, the Journal is published annually as a benefit of membership and packed with scholarly articles on local history topics.
Want to know more about how to properly handle and store your family treasures? Click on this handy guide!
2021- Breaking Barriers
For 2021’s theme, we’ll be looking at both the people that broke barriers – whether they be racial, socioeconomic, societal, or technological – and the resulting physical manifestations of the problems they solved or the progress that was made. Our latest Centerpiece newsletter, due out in February will start to highlight barrier breakers in York’s history. Stay tuned!
Perspectives in History
During times like these, we tend to reflect on lessons learned from our past. Follow our local historians and others as they remind us how those who came before us persevered during challenging times.
Jamie Kinsley: York Fairgrounds as a makeshift hospital
Scott Mingus: 1918 Spanish Flu ravaged York
More from the York Blog and Others
Looking for a podcast with some historical context? Try NPR’s Hidden Brain!