Newville

From Railroad to Turnpike

In October 1988 the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of construction on Pennsylvania's first super-highway. October 1990 will mark the similar anniversary of the turnpike 's official opening to traffic. Probably few of those who travel the turnpike today are aware that the route was originally planned as a railroad and that after two years of construction in the 1880's, the project lay abandoned for fifty-three years before the Turnpike Commission revived it.

George F. Ginter

Screenshot of George F. Ginter from Interview

Interview of George F. Ginter of Ginter's Mill in Newville, Pennsylvania by Susan Meehan on January 7, 2015. The interview focuses on Ginter's early life, the Ginter Mill including the milling process, and Newville.

Halloween Customs

All Hallow’s Eve--the night when witches and hobgoblins supposedly walk abroad. What began in the 1860s as a night of boyish pranks evolved into a county-wide celebration of parties, parades and fun.

Lewis the Robber

Photo of eighteen young people sitting and standing around Lewis Cave at Doubling Gap, Pa.

From a confession written a day before his death, Pennsylvania’s Robin Hood recounted the story of David Lewis, better known as Lewis the Robber from his birth on Hanover Street in Carlisle on March 4, 1790 to his capture and eventual death in jail in Bellefone, Pennsylvania on July 13, 1820.

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