Lewisberry History
North Eastern York County History In Preservation                          NeyChip
    In 1783, Major Eli Lewis (a Quaker) owned 850 acres of land and six dwelling houses.
See Lewisberry, the Quaker town that the Lewises built. In 1798, he secured Issac Kirk to
make a survey and plant a town. In that same year, his son Ellis was born who later became
chief Justice of the Pa Supreme court and was one of the most accomplished public figures
in the County of York.  In 1791 he wrote a poem of considerable merit entitled “St. Clairs’s
Defeat” which described the defeat of Arthur St. Clair by the tribes of the Western
Confederacy during the Battle of the Wabash.. Lewisberry was incorporated April 2, 1832.
The first census figures of 1840 shown a population of 220. The 2000 census shown a
population of 385.
     For a long time, Lewisberry was a great center of trade and manufacturing. The first
article of manufacture was the flint lock gun for the making of which made the area famous.
The business began as early as 1760 and many were made here during the Revolution.
Lyman Lewis introduced the manufacture of block brimstone matches. Coffee mills were
made in small quantities soon after the Revolution War.They were later made on an
extensive scale and continue to this day. There was Cline’s Mill that always done an
extensive business. Anna Clark, manufactured large eight day clocks with artistic
decoration. Hammond window springs were so good that they were installed in the White
House during the administration of President Van Buren.
    Silver Lake near Lewisberry is over 230 years old and was built by John Herman, whose
Red stone home, see cornerstone, below still stands at the beginning of Silver Lake Road to
provide water for his mill. The then 40 acre lake was lined with blue clay, which was
abundant in this area to the point that pottery was manufactured in the Lewisberry area. In
fact, “Silver Lake” is referring to the color of the clay that was quarried in this area, making
the lake appear silver. The mills continued to be used in the early 1900's. In 1925, the estate
sold the lake and land to Sliver Lake Improvement Company. he estate sold the lake and
adjoining land to the Silver Lake Improvement Co. The company began developing small
summer lots for sale. The depression hit and by 1929, with only half the lots sold, the rest
went for $1.00 to anyone who wanted them.  A number of cottage owners got together and in
1948 formed the Silver Lake Community Association. The purpose of the Association was
to preserve the lake and maintain the feeder streams. The lake began to be visited by winter
skaters, picnickers and ice hockey clubs. During the “middle years,” the middle 60’s, the
association was so active and popular that people waited in line to become members. In
late June of 1972 we were visited by Agnes, a hurricane that did a lot of damage. The
“heyday” of the lake was over. People couldn’t agree on how to manage the lake. The
sewage problem got worse, people moved away. Kids started going to malls instead of
coming with their families to the lake. In September of 2013, the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) reclassified the lake as “High Hazard.”  Reference:  Silver
Lake Community Association Our History

    Lewisberry project uncovers hidden American Indian mural: Barbara Forgas discovered
what is believed to be American Indian artwork behind the walls of a bathroom in
Lewisberry. There were four 8-foot panels bearing images of American Indians were found
as she was remolding. 

   Jimmy Carter in York County: ‘He knelt down and prayed’: Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter
visited Lewisberry in northern York County in 1974.  York photographer Bill Schintz recalls
Carter attended a rally at a barn… On the bus and running late for his next stop, Carter made
the driver stop and he got out to talk with a boy in a wheelchair. He told the boy he had a
nephew like him and asked to say a prayer with the youngster. He knelt down and prayed.

    The intersection of Pennsylvania Route 177 and Pleasant View Road near the borough is
said to allow an automobile in neutral to drift uphill. According to legend, this effect is caused
by the ghosts of children once killed in a bus accident, who push the car uphill to prevent
similar occurrences. However, the phenomenon is caused by a gravity hill optical illusion.
See RoadsideAmerica.com

     In 2015, a baseball team from Lewisberry participated in the Little League World Series,
winning the U.S. Championship and finishing as runner-up to Japan in the world
championship game. It was the first appearance for a Pennsylvania team in the final game
since 1990.

Excerpts from:
Newberry Township
The Beginning 1700-1900
1988 Center Square Press
By: Newberry Township
Heritage Committee
Major Eli Lewis and Mrs. Lewis
Silver Lake Lewisberry
Sliver Lake spring cover
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