A few years ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), in collaboration with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, launched an ambitious project called the Chesapeake Mapping initiative (CMI). The purpose of the project was to identify and map older and historic places that reflect African American history in the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

The project in Pennsylvania focused on adding new resources in the southcentral counties in the watershed: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. The National Trust also has summaries of the Maryland and Virginia projects.

One-story painted brick building at an intersection with stoplights.

Now a credit union, this building on S. Duke St. in Lancaster once housed the Conestoga Elks lodge Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOEW). The IBPOEW is an Black fraternal order modeled on the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a fraternal group then open only to membership among White people.

NTHP hired a team of consultants to develop and execute a crowdsourcing platform and survey to identify places within that 7-county region associated with African American history and culture. The crowdsourcing platform, which used a custom WikiMap, was paired with public meetings to encourage participation and raise awareness about the project. Survey work was completed using Surveyor to add new places to PA-SHARE.

Map of southcentral Pennsylvania with colorful dots.

The Chesapeake Mapping Initiative wikimap gave users the opportunity to mark places associated with African American history and add comments. The yellow dots represent added content.

Members of the public contributed over 200 entries to the WikiMap. Knowledgeable local experts contributed their time and expertise to this National Trust project and without their assistance, the project wouldn’t have been able to capture as much information as it did. PA SHPO appreciates their time and contributions.

Row of two-story brick buildings along a sidewalk.

The International Athletic Club is one of the many places in York identified through NTHP’s crowdsourcing effort. This club was started in 1954 by Black Olympian John Terry, a weight lifter and boxer who competed in the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin.

Of the 200+ identified locations, the consultant team identified 126 places for additional work: 52 places and six historic districts were surveyed and added as new resources to PA-SHARE, 47 places and six historic districts had existing records in PA-SHARE and these records were updated with this new information, and 15 were identified as potential archaeological sites.

Paved street lined with parked cars and one- and two-story brick buildings.

Judytown in Steelton Borough, Dauphin County was one of the six potential historic districts identified through NTHP’s project.

Following is a table of the buildings and historic districts that were surveyed or supplemented from crowdsourced contributions. If you are curious about any of these places and would like to learn more, you can search for them by resource name in PA-SHARE following these steps (more detailed search instructions are available on PHMC’s website):

  1. Go to https://share.phmc.pa.gov/pashare/landing. If you already have a PA-SHARE account, sign in. If you don’t, click “Register for an Account” to quickly create a free Basic account from the PA-SHARE landing page. If you don’t want to create a free account, click “Proceed as Guest” and follow the instructions. Please note that Guest and Basic users have limited data views and access to attachments.
  2. Once in PA-SHARE, click on “Search” near the upper left corner of your monitor. Search will open the “Quick” search fields by default on the left side of your monitor.
  3. Find “Resource Name” about halfway down the list.
  4. Copy the resource name from the table below and paste it into the “Resource Name” field.
  5. Click Search.
  6. All resources that match that that name will appear in the results grid below the map. Select the resource in the grid and click on the GoTo icon to open the resource record.

Note: There may be instances where you’ll see several places listed in the grid with that resource name. If that occurs, scroll down to the end of the grid results and select the place that has the same municipality and county shown in the table below.

Annotated map from website.

Steps for searching PA-SHARE for resources documented through NTHPS’s Chesapeake Mapping Initiative.

Chesapeake Mapping Initiative: Field Surveyed Properties in Pennsylvania

Resource NameAddressMunicipalityCounty
Abraham Brian FarmHancock AvenueCumberland TownshipAdams
Gettysburg Hotel1 Lincoln SquareGettysburg BoroughAdams
Herrigan House428 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Armstrong House226 Lincoln LaneGettysburg BoroughAdams
Becker House and Store245-249 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
137 South Washington Street137 South Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
256 South Washington Street256 South Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
268 South Washington Street268 South Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
270 South Washington Street270 South Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
414 South Washington Street414 South Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Clay House85 West Stevens StGettysburg BoroughAdams
Devan House415 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Dr. Basil Biggs House155 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Drowry House124 West Middle StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Erb House210 W. Middle StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Foster House135 West High StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Gantz House261 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Hankey's Grocery Store201 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Herrigan House344 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Hopkins House219 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Jackson House320 (326) S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Jenkins House215 W. High StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
King House315 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Mathews House211 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
McGee/Penn House231 W. High StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Roberts House253 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Smith House and Garage241 S. Washington StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Thomas House225-227 W. High StreetGettysburg BoroughAdams
Third Ward Historic DistrictGettysburg BoroughAdams
Huntington Friends Meeting House300 Quaker Church RoadLatimore TownshipAdams
Menallen Friends Meeting House1107 Carlisle RoadMenallen TownshipAdams
Cyrus Griest Farm370 Quaker Valley RoadMenallen TownshipAdams
Gettysburg Battlefield Historic DistrictMount Joy Township, Highland Township, Mount Pleasant
Township, Cumberland Township, Straban Township, Gettysburg Borough, Freedom Township
St. Paul AME Zion ChurchAdams
Philadelphia & Columbia RailroadMultipleChester, Lancaster, Montgomery, Delaware,
Cumberland County Courthouse2 Court House SquareCarlisle BoroughCumberland
Pine Grove FurnaceCumberland
Brown House267 Briggs StreetHarrisburg CityDauphin
First Zion AME ChurchMiddletown BoroughDauphin
JudytownSteelton BoroughDauphin
Midland Cemetery206 Kelker StreetSwatara TownshipDauphin
Mary Ritner's Boarding House225 East King StreetChambersburg BoroughFranklin
Lebanon CemeteryChambersburg Borough, Hamilton TownshipFranklin
Caledonia State Park: Office BuildingPA 233Greene TownshipFranklin
St. Paul AME Church30 West King StreetWaynesboro BoroughFranklin
Christiana Machine Company11 Green StreetChristiana BoroughLancaster
Zion HillColumbia BoroughLancaster
First National Bank170 Locust StreetColumbia BoroughLancaster
Columbia Historic DistrictColumbia Borough, West Hempfield TownshipLancaster
Fulton Opera House12 N Prince St.Lancaster CityLancaster
Lancaster County Courthouse43 E King St.Lancaster CityLancaster
National Caramel Company Factory453 S Lime St.Lancaster CityLancaster
Crispus Attucks Community Center404 S. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Trinity Lutheran Church31 S. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Lydia Hamilton Smith House23 E. Vine StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Charles Moton House515 Howard AvenueLancaster CityLancaster
Saint James Episcopal Church103 N. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Lancaster YWCA110 N. Lime StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Barney Ewell Park446 S. Christian StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Barney Ewell Plaza123 N. Queen StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Conestoga Elks452 S. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Dr. Copper House and Office420 S. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Mr. Vic’s Family Styling442 S. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Polite Family Home540 North StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Shreiner-Concord Cemetery242 W. Chestnut StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Thaddeus Stevens House and Office45 S. Queen StreetLancaster CityLancaster
Urban Redevelopment in Southeast LancasterS. Duke StreetLancaster CityLancaster
S. Duke Street African American Commercial DistrictLancaster CityLancaster
Stevens Greenland Cemetery1000 S. Duke StreetLancaster Township, Lancaster CityLancaster
Lancaster City Historic District (additional documentation)Lancaster Township, Lancaster City, Manheim TownshipLancaster
Stone Arch BridgeE. of Green StreetWest Sadsbury Township, Christiana BoroughLancaster
Anthracite/GoosetownCornwall BoroughLebanon
Ono Cemetery27 Main StreetEast Hanover TownshipLebanon
St. John’s AME Church1244 Walnut StreetLebanon CityLebanon
Cumberland Street Historic DistrictLebanon CityLebanon
Washington Street NeighborhoodLebanon CityLebanon
Mount Lebanon Cemetery235 Maple StreetNorth Lebanon Township, Lebanon CityLebanon
Fawn AME Zion Church Cemetery177 Alum Rock RoadFawn TownshipYork
Fawn AME Zion Church177 Alum Rock RoadFawn TownshipYork
Truman Fells Farm19022 Five Forks RoadHopewell TownshipYork
Mt. Olive Cemetery/River Hills CemeteryLower Chanceford TownshipYork
Chanceford AME Church CemeteryFulton RoadLower Chanceford TownshipYork
Schley Alley CemeterySchley Alley / Pump StreetManchester Township, North York BoroughYork
Redlands Friends Meeting House700 Old Quaker RoadNewberry TownshipYork
Baptiste FarmNewberry TownshipYork
Joseph Garretson FarmNewberry TownshipYork
Lebanon CemeteryNorth York Borough, Manchester TownshipYork
Trinity AME Zion CemeteryPikes Peak RoadPeach Bottom TownshipYork
York Historic DistrictSpring Garden Township, York CityYork
Mt. Pisgah Burial Grounds/Stone Church CemeteryWrightsville BoroughYork
1897 Iron Bridge PiersSusquehanna RiverWrightsville Borough, West Hempfield TownshipYork
Beth Israel Synagogue/Holy Chapel Church of God
in Christ
129 S. Beaver StreetYork CityYork
48 E Market St.48 E Market St.York CityYork
116 E King St.116 E King St.York CityYork
Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad
123 East Philadelphia StreetYork CityYork
William Penn Senior High School101 W College AveYork CityYork
Bethel AME ChurchYork CityYork
105/107 South Duke Street105/107 South Duke StreetYork CityYork
221 E. King Street221 E. King StreetYork CityYork
Bracey House215 S. Penn StreetYork CityYork
Chapman House135 S. Queen StreetYork CityYork
Crispus Attucks Community Center605 S. Duke StreetYork CityYork
Dr. Bowles House145 S. Duke StreetYork CityYork
Emmanuel Church of God in Christ825 E. Princess StreetYork CityYork
Goodridge Barber Shop106 (110) N. Duke StreetYork CityYork
International Athletic Club139 S. Newberry StreetYork CityYork
Robinson House457 Salem AvenueYork CityYork
Shiloh Baptist Church/Truth Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church617 E. Princess StreetYork CityYork
Stephens Agency250 S. Harrison StreetYork CityYork
Voni B Grimes Gym125 E. College AvenueYork CityYork
Frey’s Avenue RedevelopmemtYork CityYork