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100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
http://www.upperallentwp.org
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History: In the mid-1700's, Scotch Irish settlers from Lancaster County moved into the frontier area of the North Valley where Upper Allen Township is now located. They were followed, in 1760, by several German families, and the first town center at S...read more
History: In the mid-1700's, Scotch Irish settlers from Lancaster County moved into the frontier area of the North Valley where Upper Allen Township is now located. They were followed, in 1760, by several German families, and the first town center at Stumpstown was established. Prior to 1735, North Valley was divided into two townships - Pennsboro and Hopewell. In 1850, Upper Allen Township was formed from East Pennsboro Township, and in 1867, a village began taking shape about one-half mile south of Mechanicsburg along the road to Shepherdstown. This early settlement was named Kohlerstown after its original settlers and was followed soon after by another settlement named Bowmansdale, named after Jacob Bowman, a former Cumberland County Sheriff. Bowmansdale became a terminal for the Harrisburg and Potomac Railroad and included a store, two lumber and coal yards, a carpenter shop and a grist mill. Between 1749 and 1818, in addition to agricultural activities, a handful of mills and lime kilns operated along Yellow Breeches Creek. The mining of iron ore also played an important role in early development of the area. In 1840, a hermatitie mine began operating just west of Shepherdstown, and within eight years, 2,900 tons of ore had been taken out for furnaces in Dauphin and Boiling Springs. The distilling of whiskey was another early industry to be established in the township. It was more economical for farmers to convert their grain to spirits and transport it then it was to move large amounts of bulk farm produce over poor roads. The whiskey was taken to Philadelphia and Baltimore where it was traded for dry goods, groceries and hardware.
 
 

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History: In the mid-1700's, Scotch Irish settlers from Lancaster County moved into the frontier area of the North Valley where Upper Allen Township is now located. They were followed, in 1760, by several German families, and the first town center at Stumpstown was established. Prior to 1735, North Valley was divided into two townships - Pennsboro and Hopewell. In 1850, Upper Allen Township was formed from East Pennsboro Township, and in 1867, a village began taking shape about one-half mile south of Mechanicsburg along the road to Shepherdstown. This early settlement was named Kohlerstown after its original settlers and was followed soon after by another settlement named Bowmansdale, named after Jacob Bowman, a former Cumberland County Sheriff. Bowmansdale became a terminal for the Harrisburg and Potomac Railroad and included a store, two lumber and coal yards, a carpenter shop and a grist mill. Between 1749 and 1818, in addition to agricultural activities, a handful of mills and lime kilns operated along Yellow Breeches Creek. The mining of iron ore also played an important role in early development of the area. In 1840, a hermatitie mine began operating just west of Shepherdstown, and within eight years, 2,900 tons of ore had been taken out for furnaces in Dauphin and Boiling Springs. The distilling of whiskey was another early industry to be established in the township. It was more economical for farmers to convert their grain to spirits and transport it then it was to move large amounts of bulk farm produce over poor roads. The whiskey was taken to Philadelphia and Baltimore where it was traded for dry goods, groceries and hardware.