Preserving Salisbury Township's rich history
TO THE EDITORS:
Staff writer Jack Brubaker recently did a three-day series on the historical societies in Lancaster County.
Those articles included comments regarding the loss of the historical homes in Lancaster County, which should have been of interest to all who have any consideration for the past. Incredible that, within a week, fires should hit some of those historical buildings.
Also incredible, but so true of many things in this world, people think "someone else will take care of it," and then point fingers when "it" doesn't occur.
But also within a week came news of CDS buying the building on Duke and King for renovation, a plus for reuse programs.
Unfortunately, the week brought news that the serpentine stone on some houses in Lancaster will be covered, changing the flavor of that community.
Worse yet, more and more shopping centers are paving over the fertile farmland and changing the rural atmosphere so appealing to those who have lived here for generations and those who come here to enjoy that atmosphere.
The Historical Society of Salisbury Township was featured in the third of Mr. Brubaker's series. Coverage included a photo (front page, top of the fold) of our oldest Salisbury Township building, the privately restored Francis Jones Tavern, and the chairs of the Museum Committee, along with Jonas Beiler, a major player in our quest for a museum to house the artifacts of our rich history. Gap has, since the very beginning of immigration, been the gateway to the West from New Castle and Philadelphia.
Lester Houck, one of the supervisors of Salisbury Township and president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, was also featured in the series. The supervisors are 100 percent behind our mission, which is to discover, gather and preserve our history for future generations.
Since we are such a small organization compared to many of the other ones in the county, the publicity and recognition offered through Mr. Brubaker's series are much appreciated.
I hope it alerts the community at large to the great history of Lancaster County.
of Salisbury Township