Historical Committee

Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission

Mission Statement:
Identify and preserve the history of the people who lived amongst the rich mountains, trails and lands of Lower Paxton Township.
To promote the collection, exhibition, interpretation, education, and publication of the heritage for our community; present and future.

Monthly Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center.

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Upcoming Event:
WHP 580 Salute the Troops

 May 4, 2019 at 12 Noon
RJ Harris presents WHP 580 Salute To The Troops
The event will be located at Heroes Grove at the top of Brightbill Park.
5010 Commons Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112
The end of the program will include a dedication of the Memorial Marker for the three men who died while on Active Duty in the A-26 Crash in Lower Paxton Township.

Congressman Scott Perry will be the keynote speaker with State Rep. Andrew Lewis and LPT Supervisor Norm Zoumas. 
All three speakers are veterans and both Congressman Perry and Rep Lewis are active duty with the National Guard.

 

Next Meeting:
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm** (new start time)
Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center

 

About the Meeting:

After many months of planning our memorial to the three servicemen who died in the crash of the A-26 into Blue Mountain on April 22, 1951 is complete. 
At the May 2 meeting David Doyle and Bob Thomas will update everyone on what they have learned about the accident.  For those who are not familiar with the accident this will be the perfect time to hear the whole story.


George Schofield(97), Navigator for A/B-26 Bombers pictured with an A-26 similar to the plane that crashed into Blue Mountain on April 21, 1951 killing three servicemen.

 

 

Catch up on previous historical presentations here...

Historical Commission's YouTube Channel

 

Lower Paxton Township Historical Commision B-26 Crash
April 22, 1951, a B-26 traveling from Ohio to Delaware crashed into Blue Mountain, north of Linglestown, in Lower Paxton, PA. Three crew members were killed in the accident.
The hour presentation tells the story of the crew, plane and flight presented by Bob Thomas and David Doyle with a special guest that visited the site soon after the crash, telling eyewitness accounts.

B-26 Historical Presentation

 Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission Presentation of The Running Pump Farm by Eric Kessler.
This presentation tells the history of the farm from 1725 to 2018.  This farm has produced crops every year since 1725 and continues today. 
This Historical Presentation covers the 6 families that lived on the farm and how their lives we’re effected by it’s history.  

Running Pump Farm Presentation

The link below is for the Lower Paxton Township Historical Commission Presentation of the Great Linglestown Fair. 
Many thanks to Judy Miller Klinefelter and her Brother Bob Miller.

Linglestown Fair Presentation
 

Bryan Van Sweden from the Pennsylvania Historical Preservation Department, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 
Discussed the Preservation of Historical Buildings in Lower Paxton Township Historical Society of Dauphin County, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Preservation of Historical Buildings
 

Find out why it is better to restore a home than destroy it. Audrey and Jayson found many treasures as they uncovered the wonders of their 1875 Linglestown Home in Lower Paxton Township, PA.
Follow their adventure as they worked in the home and what they uncovered.

1875 House Restored by Audrey and Jayson Cowden
 

The History of the Trolley System that serviced the Harrisburg, Lower Paxton and Linglestown. The Linglestown Trolley ran from 1904 to 1931.

Trolleys of Lower Paxton Township
 

The story of the Restoration of the 1820 Eisenhower House located off of Nyes Rd. Lower Paxton Township, Pennsylvania.
Built by the Great, Great Grandfather of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States.
Four Generations of Eisenhower’s lived in Lower Paxton Township and Dauphin County.
Restoration and Presentation done by Pam & Paul Velencia.

Eisenhower House

 

This is the story of the Orphanage and Masonic Home in Linglestown, Lower Paxton Township PA, from 1908 to the 1950's.
If you missed the February meeting you can now see the Historical Presentation on YouTube or click the link below.

Prince Hall of PA Orphanage and Masonic Home

 

Did you know that Lower Paxton Township almost had a railroad running through it? In the 1800's a rail line was laid out that would have passed through the Linglestown area, construction started but the line was never completed. However to this day, nearly 150 years later, there are excavations and stone masonry artifacts remaining that tell this brief chapter in our local history. The Historical Presentation for March was the South Mountain Railroad, presented by Bob Thomas, which was incorporated May 5, 1854 and was to run from Harrisburg to Jonestown. Around 1872 grading began between Rockville and Linglestown, however the collapse of the Bridge Route plans in the panic of 1873 brought work to a halt. The company was forced to auction off its personal property in 1877 and in 1880 right of ways, leases and passenger were sold off. It was reorganized in 1893 as the Blue Mountain Railroad and in 1901 as Harrisburg and South Mountain Railroad which was inactive by 1912.

South Mountain Railroad

 

 

Lower Paxton Township Historic Sites List

 

Historical Walking Tour of Linglestown - Guide

 

 

In The Press:
Article in The Burg - May 2018

 

Frequently Called Numbers

Main Switchboard
717-657-5600
Police Administration
717-657-5656
Public Works Department
717-657-5615
Sewer Department
717-657-5617
Parks and Recreation
717-657-5635
Supervisor's Voice-Mail
717-724-8327

Office Hours

Municipal Center (Administration, Community Development, & Sewer)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Police Department Records Office
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public Works Department
6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sanitary Sewer Operations
6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friendship Center and the Parks and Recreation Department
Monday to Thursday -  5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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