This year, Maytown will be celebrating it's 250th anniversary. http://www.maytownhistory.org/index.phtml The Anniversary Celebration is slated for April 29th, 30th, May 1st, 2nd, 2010. Event details for the celebration period can be seen in detail at http://www.maytown250.com/
A small treasure in northern Lancaster county, Maytown has a long history. Founded by Irish settlers in 1748, Maytown is one of the oldest and most important towns in the Donegals. ( Irish source of the name Donegal)
In 1760, German Mennonite land speculators laid out the town, in Donegal Township, on 150 acres. The dream was to create a community on the frontier, near the Susquehanna River, where new immigrants could find a home while serving as a supply center for pilgrams who would follow after them. The first settlers were Scotch-Irish, but Germans soon became the most numerous of Maytown's early settlers.
The town plan, features a central square and a grid pattern of surrounding streets--with "High" Street serving as the main thoroughfare--bisecting the square on the East-West. The plan was to bring pioneers from Lancaster to York County, via the Vinegar Ferry crossing the Susquehanna river.
Historical color radiates from the town square outward in period house colors and styles. Styles reflect all periods in the towns history. Color palettes vary from each other and give inspiration to anyone looking to upgrade an existing period house.
Check out some of the colors seen on a recent visit to Maytown.
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