Friday, June 6, 2008

History Lesson...

Hello everyone,

Well today is Friday. I hope this weekend goes quick. I work today, off on Saturday and I am pulling a 16 hour shift on Sunday, starting at 2 P.M. and ending at 6 A.M. Monday morning. So I'm not sure If a post will be up on Monday.

So I stopped at the local Turkey Hill store to pick something up for the wife and I noticed they had a book on the shelf called "Turkey Hill, A family vision" I am a history buff, especially local history, always have been. So I decided to buy and the book goes through the history of how Turkey Hill was named and the history of the company. The Turkey Hill Dairy plant is a short ten minute drive from my house, and has some very pretty scenery right in the area of the plant and just north of it. The area around the plant is also called Turkey Hill. Here is how the area got it's name; All info Is from the book;

In the soft warmth of the early spring afternoon, several canoes glided silently along the Susquehanna River. The Indian scouting party was seeking a new site for their village. The tribal wars were pushing their people farther and farhter south. The land to the north was no longer able to provide the harvest necessary for their survival, and it was time to search for new hunting grounds to provide the food and furs needed for trading.

As they scouted the flat land just north of a rudge that jutted to the river's edge along the eastern shore, they saw the ground was fertile. Several older men paced off the area where the new village would be built, and the younger men scouted the surrounding area of signs of game. The river was teaming with fish and supported ducks and geese, while the land held much wildlife. Along with deer,beaver and raccoons, they found wild turkeys on the hill to the south of the flatlands. The flock was large enough to support their people for many seasons. The indians named this ridge south of the river plains Turkey Hill.

The first people to settle on Turkey Hill were an Indian tribe called the Susquehannock or "people of the muddy river."

The area was sold off by Willam Penn in 1768 and in the deed it is named Turkey Hill.

The first photo was the Turkey Hill name at the entrance to the dairy plant. The other photos were taken just north of the plant along the Susquehanna River Just south of Washington Boro.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your little Lancaster County History Lesson and hope you all have a great weekend!!

Stay Safe!!


1 comment:

Sparky said...

Thanks for the history lession, it was great. I like history too. Being an Eagle Scout I like to learn about the PA indians.