Sunday, December 13, 2009

Jeff King: Hanover Junction and Jefferson, Pennsylvania

More from Jeff's notes on the York PA area

This is an extremely significant Civil War location, and many feel it is York County’s most important.  It was raided by the Confederates, used to move supplies to and injured soldiers from Gettysburg, and of course was a changeover spot for Lincoln on his way Gettysburg. There is a tasteful flower garden with a Lincoln statue, a museum, and the very well restored period station building.  It is adjacent to the York County Rail Trail a walking/hiking/cycling/horse trail.  The four 3- inch cannon donated to York by the federal government have been moved from Penn Park in York to this location. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. There are two storyboards and a state marker.  Don’t miss this spot just off State Route 616 between Seven Valleys and Glen Rock!

If I understand correctly, this is where a great deal of JEB Stuart’s Cavalry bivouacked on 30 June 1863 after the Battle of Hanover. A new state marker discussing the price citizens paid for the armies visiting was dedicated on 27 June 2009 on the town square on State Route 516 southwest of Hanover Junction and northeast of Hanover.

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