Silver Spring Township was established in 1757, by the Scots-Irish. Its early history describes fierce battles between the settlers, the Shawnees, and the Lenape Indians. A treaty was finally negotiated between the settlers and the Natives with the help of prominent fur trader and Native interpreter, George Crogan. The early settlers blazed the area for farming, built taverns, inns, and mercantile businesses. James Silver, one of the first settlers and for whom the township is named for, was granted land where the first church west of the Susquehanna River and north of York County was built. The Silver Spring Presbyterian Church thrived over the years and remains today. The villages of Hogestown and New Kingstown were formed in the early nineteenth century, and the township eventually became known as a resort area due to its pristine landscape. Visitors and locals found relaxation in swimming, fishing, visiting with family and friends, eating ice cream cones, and horseback riding. In the early 20th century, the Hogestown Stock Show began and was attended by large crowds. Not only were farm animals judged, but there were also baking contests. In 1929, Raymond DeWalt, inventor of the radial-circular saw and the founder of the DeWalt Tool Company, sold his patent for the saw to purchase the Huston Mill and its grounds. DeWalt opened the Willow Mill Park along the Conodoguinet Creek. There visitors and locals could picnic, fish, swim, and boat. In the 1940s, Willow Mill Park became an amusement park. During the 1950s, President Harry Truman supported the “Great Road” project by taking a road trip from New York to Washington, D.C. During his trip, he stopped in New Kingstown and ate at the Country Diner. The famed McCormick family farm is located in the township and has been put in trust never to be developed. This is noted by a landmark outside of Hogestown along the Carlisle Pike. Notable people of the township are Jonathan Hoge, James Junkin, James McCormick, Senator George Wade, Dr. George Wade, Jr, and Senator Pat Vance. Many descendants of the early settlers have remained in the township for generations, as well as the many buildings that were built during the early settlement.
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) approached Christine in 2011 to use her article, “Preserving Memory: National Holocaust Memorial Museum Controversy,” in the Advanced Placement (AP) exam booklet. In March of 2013, she was approached again for permission to print additional copies of the article. Here the article is used to prepare students for the exam. To see the article scroll down to Source E, Page 7 – or control F on your computer and type in Preserving Memory.
From 2007 to 2010, Christine was a contributing writer for Suite 101 and has published the following articles in print:
“Native American Civil War: Dakota Uprising in Minnesota”
Publication in the Citizen’s Companion:
The Voice of Civilian Reenacting
Jan-Feb, 2008, Vol. XIV Number 6
(this article was also published at Suite 101)
“Trailing the Boslers from Pennsylvania to Nebraska”
Publication in the Nebraska Cattlemen Magazine, November 2006
“The Children’s Garden: A Mechanicsburg Kindergarten”
Publication in the Cumberland County Historical Journal
Winter 2002, Volume 19, Number 2