Hummelstown Brownstone Quarries

Two miles south of the Dauphin County community of Hummelstown remain indelible reminders of one of Pennsylvania’s most recognized contributions to nineteenth-and early twentieth-century architecture,the gaping quarries of the Hummelstown Brownstone Company. Between 1863 and 1929, the company excavated the peculiarly colored sandstone, formed millions of years ago, which is among the finest...
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Hummelstown Brownstone: A Victorian Era Treasure

Builders and contractors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries prized brownstone as one of the best and most versatile masonry materials in the United States. Whether used for curbing, windowsills,steps, lintels, stoops, foundations, and tombstones, or to grace the finest mansions as intricately carved statues or coping, brownstone filled the bill. Eminent American architects...
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Letters

Bravo! Bravo! I just finished reading the astonishingly well-done article treating antislavery entitled “Finding Sanctuary at Montrose” [Winter 2007]. Author William C. Kashatus deserves plaudits for filling a twofold gap: he raised the consciousness of black self-reliance and he targeted the hinterland of Susquehanna County. The Underground Railroad was aggressive. The era preceding...
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