The Dean Family Massacre

Dean Family Memorial, Keller Cemetery As I finished paying my respects to William Donnelly, whose 1832 murder remains unsolved, I noted a nearby memorial and instantly knew this was the other monument that had brought me to the historic Keller Church and Cemetery. I walked carefully among the older stones to the monument to the … Continue reading The Dean Family Massacre

Unsolved: The Murder of William Donnelly

The grave of William Donnelly, Keller Cemetery Standing on the hillside, just south of Route 22 near the collection of houses known as Yellow Springs, is the Keller Church and Cemetery. Over the years, I had passed this location numerous times, but never realized it existed. Driving up the narrow, grassy road that clung to … Continue reading Unsolved: The Murder of William Donnelly

Fort McCord and The Battle of Sideling Hill

Leaving Chambersburg, I headed northwest toward the distant mountains. I was taken in by the beauty of the rolling hills of the Cumberland Valley as I made my way toward the memorial to the fort that once stood in the shadows of the Blue Mountains. No wonder the early pioneers had the desire to settle … Continue reading Fort McCord and The Battle of Sideling Hill

Fort Bigham

It’s easy to find. It’s along Route 75 roughly four or five miles from Route 322. Glancing at the odometer, I knew something was definitely not right – five miles had passed five miles ago and the monument was not in sight. I had already made a stop at the familiar blue Pennsylvania Historical Marker located … Continue reading Fort Bigham

The Fall of Fort Granville

The sun was barely over the horizon when I arrived at the PennDOT building at the western edge of Lewistown. The cool morning air, mixed with the warmth of the early morning sun, was deceiving – the forecast for the day held the promise of thunderstorms. I stepped out of the vehicle and walked over … Continue reading The Fall of Fort Granville

Fort Couch

In the distance, there was a storm brewing, both figuratively and literally. Standing on the breastworks overlooking Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Lemoyne, and Mechanicsburg, I could see the storm in the distance. The storm that brought me here was an approaching battle as the Confederate army advanced northward into Pennsylvania. However, another storm – a physical … Continue reading Fort Couch