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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