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Welcome to the home of Lower Windsor Area Historical Society.


The Lower Windsor Area Historical Society was incorporated in 2007. Our mission is to help to collect and preserve the historical and cultural heritage of our area.

Our home base is in eastern York County, Pennsylvania. York, among the earliest-settled of Pennsylvania’s counties, is bounded on the east by the Susquehanna River, on the north by Cumberland County, and on the west by Adams County; the southern boundary is the Mason-Dixon line which marks the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

 At the center of our area is Lower Windsor Township, a predominantly rural township, bordered on the east by the Susquehanna River – a feature of the landscape which has greatly influenced patterns of settlement and development in this area. Lying within the township limits are two boroughs, East Prospect and Yorkana, and five unincorporated villages - Bittersville, Craley, Delroy, Martinsville, and Long Level. The township comprises about 25 square miles of river hills, woodland, farmland, and now several large residential areas around East Prospect. The population was just over 7,000 in the 2000 census. 

Upcoming Events

 MONDAY, November 2nd 2015 - Stephen Smith will present: First 60-Years of York Corporation; from 1874 to 1934.    

      The York Manufacturing Company was established in 1874. By 1900, the company had become the largest employer in York County.  Learn how this maker of washing machines and water wheels grew to become the driving force behind the development of artificial ice as the York Ice Machinery Corporation.  To close out their first 60-years, YORKCO pioneered some of the first air conditioning systems, leading to world recognition of the YORK name for Air Conditioning & Refrigeration.  

            Stephen will present the second half of the history of the company in the spring.


    Unless otherwise noted, meetings are at 6:30 pm at the Lower Windsor Township Community Building – lower level, 2427 Craley Rd.

Questions: or 246-8735


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