“The Borough is situated on land that was obtained by John Nickey in 1740, an heir of
William Penn. In 1814, William Reeser purchased the land noting its proximity to the
Susquehanna River and markets in the south... Its beginning was unique, Resser felt it would
make an ideal site for a town. So he decided to conduct a lottery. First, he divided his land into
100 lots and sold 100 tickets a t$100.00 each. Reeser hired Daniel Small, of York, to lay out a
portion of the tract into a town.
According to historians, crowds overflowed to the borders of the town on the day of the
lottery. Everyone who purchased a ticket received a portion of the land. The drawing merely
decided which parcel of the land the ticket holder would receive.
Reeser made a profit of $500.00 and in 1816 he built a large brick mansion at the angle
formed by the turnpike and York Road... In January 1825, Marquia de Lafayette stopped at the
home of Reeser on his way to Harrisburg…. The history books say many years prior to 1885,
the Resser mansion was turned into a hotel. A man named Flury turned it into a store in the
early 1900’s, probably about 1904. Samuel Schroll, Jr. took over the store in the 1920’s. The
Schroll family operated the store until the late 1950’s. It was then used as the family home until
1986. [At that time, the building was razed and a service station for Atlantic Refining company
was build. It is known today as Wise Auto Repair. See article.]
Originally, Manchester was named Liverpool. Thirteen years after the town was laid out, on
February 13, 1827, the Manchester Post Office was established… Reeser was appointed the
first postmaster. The town and the Post Office continued to have different names until August
27, 1869, when the borough was incorporated. At that time the name was charged from
Liverpool to Manchester. The name was changed at that time because there was a town
named Liverpool in Perry County."
In June 28, 1863, General Jubal Early dispatched Colonel William H French's 17th Virginia
Cavalry to burn two Northern Central Railway bridges over the Conewago Creek. The troopers
followed what is today Church Road to reach Board Road. They headed through the village of
Liverpool Post Office. About 400 Union soldiers had been encamped on Col Hoff's farm, to
guard these bridges but they crossed over the Susquenhanna during the early morning, fearing
the approach of a large army. A few shots were fired at the last boat load by the Confederates.
Forty years later, Michael Gross spoke with historian George R. Prowell about the area's
The First Union Church was built and dedicated on January 21, 1822, in front of the Union
Cemetery. It was sponsored by the Presbyterians and Lutherans.of York. In 1832, it became
a regular appointment for the United Brethren in Christ. This log Union Church was used until it
was torn down in 1880. The St Paul United Brethren Church moved to High Street. The
Second Union Church was build that year on the same location and used by the Evangelicals.
This building was used until 1902 when the St Paul Evangelical Church moved to Cooper
Street. The Second Union Church was razed in 1954 The only thing still remaining are the
steps leading up to the previous location of the church and the Veteran's Memorial now stands
in its place.
For many years, the two congregations, now just a block apart, would attend each other
services. The one would have services in the morning and the other in the afternoon. In 1946,
the two denominations merged to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church. At that
time, St Paul Evangelical Church changed their name to Albright Evangelical United Brethren
Church. Then on Easter Sunday 1956, the two churches merge and became one.
Street…[It is the only remaining church in the Borough limits.] Two other churches, one on
High Street and the other on Cooper Street joined together to build St. Paul United Methodist
Church on Board Road [just outside the Borough]. Both buildings now serves as an apartment
houses... The original school building in the area was the old Mennonite Meeting House, just
north of the town. The Mennonite Meeting House is still standing, on its present site. It is still
being used as a church.”