Newberrytown History
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     "The village of Newberrytown was laid out by Cornelius Garretson in the year of 1791. He
provided a public well that was used until 1903. William Kline was one of the original lot owners of
the village. In the Continental army he served in Col. Anthony Wayne’s regiment. Frederich Byers
served in the detachment under Col. Almon until 1779 when he enlisted in a corps of cavalry under
Capt. Selinki. The nick name “Hessian” applied to him because he nobly assisted to capture a
number of them in the battle of Brandywine. In 1826, Thomas Wickersham secured the
establishment of a post office that the name then became Newberrytown. During the year 1831,
Jacob B Wolf introduced the manufacture of cigars in town.  In 1825, York County Rangers was
the name of a volunteer military company organized in Newberrytown. They were commanded by
Capt. John Crull. They all joined the Union Army when the Civil War started.
    Union Meeting House was located a short distance northeast of Newberrytown. In 1833, the
house was built by several dominations and was used for services and a school until 1884. Just
outside of Newberrytown is a place called Paddletown. Abigail Miller had two married daughters,
who lived in that area. Their many children paddled back and forth to visit grandmother, who gave
the area the name.
   In 1745, Quakers settling in the area around Newberrytown built a log meeting house for
purposes of worship. In 1792, the primitive structure in Newberrytown was replaced by a simple
stone building,  It was, used until 1811 when they built a new stone building two miles to the west
of town. The older meeting house was sold and made into a school and now private dwelling.
Miraculously, the 1811 Redlands Meeting House and its original furnishings have survived and
open for occasional tours. See Redlands Reunion and Menallen Monthly Meeting.
   Joseph Garretson would often shelter runaway slaves on his farm, along what is now known as
Old Quaker Road, putting them to work and paying them wages. His activities became fairly well
known, and four men from Conewego township, members of the Fetrow family, decided to make
some money at Joseph’s expense. In August 1824, their actions led to the death of a freedom
seeker who had found shelter and acceptance from the Quaker and his family. This event can be 
read in "The Ground Swallowed Them Up: Slavery and the Underground Railroad in York County"

Excerpts from:
Newberry Township
The Beginning 1700-1900
1988 Center Square Press
By: Newberry Township
Heritage Committee
Seated: John E. Stetler & Leah Beshore Stetler; Standing: L to R: Miller J. Stetler,
Myrtle Stetler Eppley, Daniel E. Stetler,
circa 1910  Newberrytown
John Herman Cigar Factory
House on left is just before the present firehouse.
Looking towards 83. House on left is now Rutter's Store.
1792 Newberry Quaker Meeting House
1811 Newberry Quaker Meeting House
1811 Newberry Quaker Meeting House
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