Lancaster County, PA Firsts and Biggests

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Robert Fulton, born in Lancaster County in 1765, was the first to make navigation practical with a ship powered bySteam ship steam.  Fulton did not invent the steam engine, but he made history with his steam powered voyage on the Hudson River in 1807.   A township in southern Lancaster County is named after him.

Milton S. Hershey, whose name has become synonymous with the chocolate bar, actually started his first milk chocolate factory in Lititz, Lancaster County, PA.  Hershey learned his trade in Lititz, before founding the famous factory and town that was named after him in nearby Dauphin County.

The Stehli Silk Mill in Lancaster, recently slated to be converted to residential condos, was at one time the largest silk mill under one roof in the world. 

The Follmer-Clogg Umbrella Corporation, located at West King and Mulberry Streets in Lancaster, was once the largest umbrella factory in the world.  It has now been converted to residences known as The Umbrella Works.

F.W.Woolworth 5 and 10 Cent StoreThe Hubley Manufacturing Company in Lancaster was once the largest manufacturer of toys in the world.  Vintage Hubley toys (pronounced "Hoobley" by the locals) are now highly prized by toy and antique collectors.

The Famous Woolworth's 5 & 10 Cent Store was first founded by Frank Woolworth in Lancaster in 1879, after a previous unsuccessful attempt in Utica, NY.  His original Lancaster store was located at North Queen and Chestnut Streets.  Woolworth later went on to establish his corporate headquarters in New York City in the skyscraper named after him.

Armstrong World Industries, with headquarters in Lancaster, is the largest resilient flooring and ceiling tile manufacturer in the world. It was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2000 due to a class action asbestos lawsuit.  It emerged from reorganization in 2006.  It had a huge factory complex in Marietta, converted from a former defense plant.  Armstrong currently operates in 39 different countries.  Its Training Center in Lancaster, established in the Armstrong Manor in 1920, is said to have been the first residential training center for single young men.

 

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I was raised in York, there is a lot of great history and interesting information about that region. 
Mar 16, 2008 11:06 AM #1
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Michael, York is a great area, too!  I go to the York Fairgrounds several times a year for their special events.
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I believe it is the oldest fair in the U.S. that is what they sell it as anyway.

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Great information, I will share this with my kids...

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Michael, You are correct.  I have written about the York Fair being the oldest fair in America, having been established in 1765!
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Pamela, I'm glad you liked the post.
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Brian,

Lancaster County certainly has an intriguing history with so many very well known names having their beginning there. I would love to visit one of the very first Woolworth's stores as it was back then.

Jo 

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What a great post, Brian!  I love all of the history around here.  Once thing I never realized was that Hubley is pronounced 'Hoobley'.  Whenever I see a cast iron bank, toy or doorstopper at a flea market or garage sale, I always have to check it out to see if its a secreat Hubley treasure.  Just my luck, I have yet to come across one, as everyone around here knows what to look for!
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Jo, I'd love to do that, too.  Even when I was a kid, I was fascinated by old grocery store and general store toys.  It may go back to my very early days when my mother would pull me on a sled through the snow to an old one-room A&P grocery store, heated by an old coal stove in the middle of the room.
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Jeannie, not being a native, I collected Hubley toys before moving to Lancaster County in 1976.  It was only afterward that I found that the local collectors pronounced it as Hoobley.
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