Historic Homestead and 87 Acres Completely Protected in Hellam Township – Fin Serve

Information launch shared by DCNR, 4/17/2024. Photograph credit score: Susquehanna Nationwide Heritage Space

A Nineteenth-century farm and home that performed key roles within the Underground Railroad are actually completely protected with assist from a DCNR grant.

The Mifflin Home and 87-acre farmstead in Hellam Township, York County, had been underneath menace of demolition and growth earlier than The Conservation Fund acquired them in 2022.

DCNR offered greater than $2 million from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to assist the group buy the property. The Conservation Fund matched the grant dollar-for-dollar.

On the finish of 2023, the group formally transferred the property to its new long-term proprietor, the Susquehanna Nationwide Heritage Space.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Mifflin Home into the Susquehanna Nationwide Heritage Space household,” mentioned Mark Platts, President of Susquehanna Nationwide Heritage Space. “This acquisition aligns seamlessly with our mission to attach the folks and communities of Lancaster and York Counties to 1 one other and to the nation via tales about this nationally vital place.”

The Mifflin Home was a key cease on the Underground Railroad. It offered a haven for freedom seekers passing via central Pennsylvania. With help from the Mifflin household, their fellow Quakers, and different locals, these escaping slavery discovered a protected place to relaxation and cross the Susquehanna River on their journeys north.

With acquisition now full, Susquehanna Nationwide Heritage Space will start a multi-year effort with the neighborhood to rework the positioning into The Susquehanna Discovery Heart and Heritage Park.

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