Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County
Silver Spring Township was established in 1757, by the Scots Irish. Its early history describes fierce battles between the settlers, the Shawnees and the Lenape Indians. A treaty was finally negotiated between the settlers and the Natives with the help of prominent fur trader and Native interpreter, George Crogan. The early settlers blazed the area for farming, built taverns, inns and mercantile businesses. James Silver, one of the first settlers and for whom the township is named for, was granted land where the first church west of the Susquehanna River and north of York County was built. The Silver Spring Presbyterian Church thrived over the years and remains today. The villages of Hogestown and New Kingstown were formed in the early nineteenth century and the township eventually became known as a resort area due to its pristine landscape. Visitors and locals found relaxation in swimming, fishing, visiting with family and friends, eating ice cream cones, and horseback riding. In the early 20th century, the Hogestown Stock Show began and was attended by large crowds. Not only were farm animals judged, but there were also baking contests. In 1929, Raymond DeWalt, inventor of the radial circular saw and the founder of the DeWalt Tool Company, sold his patent for the saw in order to purchase the Huston Mill and its grounds. DeWalt opened the Willow Mill Park along the Conodoguinet Creek. There visitors and locals could picnic, fish, swim and boat. In the 1940s, Willow Mill Park became an amusement park. During the 1950s, President Harry Truman supported the “Great Road” project by taking a road trip from New York to Washington, D.C. During his trip he stopped in New Kingstown and ate at the Country Diner. The famed McCormick family farm is located in the township and has been put in trust never to be developed. This is noted by a landmark outside of Hogestown along the Carlisle Pike. Notable people of the township are Jonathan Hoge, James Junkin, James McCormick, Senator George Wade, Dr. George Wade, Jr, and Senator Pat Vance. Many descendants of the early settlers have remained in the township for generations, as well as the many buildings that were built during the early settlement.
Christine Clepper Musser is a lifelong resident of Cumberland County and currently resides in Silver Spring Township. She is a local historian who holds a BA in American History from Vermont College.
Images of America Silver Spring Township is now available for purchasing. The book can be purchased online at Arcadia Publishing, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. Books can also be purchased at local venues or from Christine Clepper Musser online at Happenings in Christine’s World.