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Landscape Design and Installation in Maryland and Pennsylvania

6586 Thompson Road • Stewartstown, PA 17363 • 717-993-4200



The Teaching Museum for the Fiber Arts and Textiles  

12637 Mt. Olivet Road

Felton, PA 17322

North Hopewell Township

York County, PA


Ph.: 717-873-8960



PUT A LID ON IT: The Canning Industry in Southern York County, Pennsylvania

The lecture explores the history of the canning industry in southern York County, Pennsylvania. The canning industry, which dates back to the military campaigns of Napoleon, became an important part of the economy of Pennsylvania and southern York County in the late 19th century. This presentation examines the introduction and rise of the canning industry in southern York County, which is closely linked to the introduction of the Stewartstown and Maryland and Pennsylvania railroads, and to the introduction of automated canning machinery and technological innovations such as the “Sanitary” can. Canning houses provided opportunities for area farmers, allowing them to sell their entire crops under contract and opened employment opportunities to men and particularly women during the early 20th century. During the World Wars, canned goods from southeastern PA made their way around the world to feed U.S. troops; during WWII, German prisoners of war at the camp in Stewartstown helped to harvest produce for canning and worked in some of the canning houses.  


Revealing “Patterson’s Pleasure”: A Late 18th-Century Log Farmhouse

in Hopewell Township, PA

This lecture by Dr. Donald W. Linebaugh, Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland, presents research into the James Patterson property and farmhouse located near the intersection of the Plank Road and Route 24. The house, an important early survival from the founding of Stewartstown, was recently destroyed to make way for a new housing development.

James Patterson, a Revolutionary War officer, built a house and barn on the property in the 1780s and lived on and farmed the land until his death in the late 1830s. Patterson was a farmer and distiller who assembled a farm that totaled over 600 acres at one point. The property and house transferred to Edie Patterson, James’s son, in the late 1830s and Edie owned it until 1879. Edie was also a farmer and distiller and built the hotel and tavern at the corner of Plank Rd. and Route 24. The next owner was Edie’s son James G. Patterson who also continued to farm and established a successful nursery operation. The property left the Patterson family about 1880 when the property was purchased by H. B. Scott, the former minister at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church. Scott’s wife sold the property to the McElwain family in 1923 and they controlled the property into the 2000s.

Utilizing a forensic architectural approach, Dr. Linebaugh discusses the property’s history and the evolution of the 2-story, log farmhouse. The log house was clearly modified in the mid-19th century, when a central door and stair was added, the front fašade was reorganized in a symmetrical fashion, and the interior was plastered. Also in the 19th century, a 2-story, stone ell was added to the rear of the house that contained a kitchen below and a bedroom above, reached by a tight winder stair. In addition to the farmhouse, the property included an early smokehouse, a large barn, a hay barn, corn crib, pig house, and a springhouse.


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