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  1. WOW ! I live in Conestoga on a farm that has been in our family for over 150 years. We are truly Southern End born,bred, raised and proud. This article is very very well written. I think we will always be proud to call you our neighbor.

  2. Your article, which so perfectly captured the unique personality of the Southern End, flooded me with sweet memories of my own three kids growing up in the Southern End in our little house on Marticville Road. They spent long summer days outdoors, playing with their matchbox cars in the sandbox, sitting in the branches of the Japanese maple tree they dubbed the “Snoopy Tree,” and building forts in the woods behind our house. We were lucky: we had neighbors, a girl a year older than my daughter and a boy between my sons’ ages. Our house was the hangout spot. In 1986 we moved 2 miles further north on Marticville Road to the old stone farm house of my dreams. Now, 32 years later, the “kids” have been grown a long time, but my husband and I still live and love life in the Southern End!

    • Hi, Viv:

      I though of you a couple of months ago. Remember the pink birthday party we photographed at Pheasant Run? Anyway, one of your granddaughter’s guests — Alex Drake — was at a fundraising party that was held in March for Lancaster County Field of Hope. Her father, Chef Steve Drake, will be one of the beneficiaries of the proceeds from this year’s farm-to-table dinner.

  3. I was born and raised down here in the southern end….never planning on leaving ❤️I don’t even like to take the drive to the city.

  4. We have very similar memories… I grew up in Holtwood, in Tucquan park Campground… I know all to well the 1 hour bus rides and Marticville road…. I now live in Mt. Nebo and I wouldnt change a thing. You are right, there were some boring days where I longed to live in the “cool” developments, but then I wouldnt have learned to climb trees, go crayfish catching or go paddle boating in the pond… the Southern end really is a place of its own

    • Awesome article I here up in Holtwood and pequea jumped off Bridges walked many paths went into dangerous Dave’s why… For the hell of it, better than sitting on a video game…lol thanks for the walk down memory lane… Now I live in Manheim wishing I was back in pequea

  5. Dave! I found this article on Facebook and read it as I was deep in the throes of packing up mine and my husband’s lives to move across the country to Los Angeles in the next few days. I’ve been feeling so sad about leaving both Philly and it’s proximity to Lancaster, and your article let me really feel all that sadness and nostalgia while also making me feel like it’s ok to move on. I can’t tell you how much that means to me right now. Tell the family I said hi and you all always have a place to stay in Los Angeles if you ever want to visit. And in the meantime, I’ll be making whoopie pies and chicken corn soup in Bel Air.

    • I too grew up in the southern end, Fulton township. I now live in Arizona, but the southern end calls me back to visit family there most every summer.

  6. Thanks, Dave! I grew up in Quarryville in the 60s and 70s, where my brothers and I had a pack of peer friends and a run of the town for outdoor games, bike rides, fort building, and indoor and especially outdoor sleepovers in the summer. We would ride our bikes to swim in the creek at Black Rock when we needed to get out of town.

    So my Southern End experience was as a “townie”. Yet I have raised my own sons in suburban Boston, and they know nothing of the kind of rambling feeedom we enjoyed in those days, cutting through dozens of yards without fences as shortcuts to our next adventure. The highlight of the year was always the Fair, and before and after, we climbed all over the old canvas tent tops at night…because we could.

  7. Dave, beautiful article:) I was on that bus 15 min longer than you everyday. But now that 40 is upon us, I fondly reflect on the many mornings of peaceful contemplation that eludes us today. But somewhere in our hearts, our Southern End childhood is alive and well, to be recalled whenever we need it❤️

  8. I was raised in the southern end of lancaster county, moved away for 20+ years, and returned when my father died- to raise my kids in the home I grew up in. Just last night we watched, as a family (My husband and I have two teenagers) watched oh brother where art thou- and my oldest said that same thing… that is where we are- a geographical oddity- 40 min from everything. 🙂 thanks for sharing D.P. Don’t think I know you- but feel like I should

  9. i miss martic forge. id rather be there now even with a store and a bank and a school across the street now.

  10. Thank you so much! Ive always said im a southern end girl and wouldnt change it or the memories for anything.

  11. Hi David! I remember boy scouts at your house and little league at the Holtwood ball field and your huge glove playing center field. Great read! Thank you!

  12. I live in the southern end and drive 50 minutes every day to work yes it’s horrible however for some reason I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s hard to explain to someone who lives north of kendig square (apparently where Lancaster drops off the map). I really enjoyed this article and you captured most memories very well. Please don’t be afraid to share you memories with your family I’m sure they could grow to understand the value of the southern end the same way you do. Very good read and thanks for sharing

  13. Dave, thanks for writing such a great article about the Southern End. I was born and raised in Southern End…. the very Southern End – the Little Britain/ Wrightsdale Area. That will always be home. I have moved away to different areas of the county and country but have always returned home. I currently live in the Hanover area and I tell everyone there where I from and many don’t even know about the area. They all think that only Amish lives in the Southern End and I just laugh and saynope. It’s our Eden… our little Paradise for those of us who are from the area.

  14. I grew up in Mt. Nebo and still live in the southern end of Lancaster County, New Providence.PA. Loved your article, thanks for sharing…whenever I introduce my husband to someone they are usually from Mt. Nebo and my husband always says for being a small “town” there sure are alot of people that I know that live/lived there.

  15. I was born and raised in the southern end. Town of Rawlinsville. I wont trade the quiet life, family close by and being able to walk the countryside and not have fears of getting picked up. Left when i was 15. Still live in the country,not far from Quarryville.

  16. This captures Holtwood and the southern end perfectly. Yet I am old enough to remember when there used to be a pool in Holtwood (before everything was torn down). Being able to skip the RR tracks and fish the Holtwood tail race and walk the rocks below the dam. Many great childhood memories.

  17. we grew up in the Southern End. I lived in Drumore just a stones throw from the river and my husband grew up in Quarryville, he was a townie! The farm is still in the family and of that I am glad! It is good to have a touchstone like the Southern End.

  18. Awesome article I here up in Holtwood and pequea jumped off Bridges walked many paths went into dangerous Dave’s why… For the hell of it, better than sitting on a video game…lol thanks for the walk down memory lane… Now I live in Manheim wishing I was back in pequea

  19. Hey Dave! Enjoyed your article. I was in Martic PTO with your Mom. You and Mandy were in track together Good memories

  20. This article sums up the southern end I live in Peach Bottom little town of Wakefield. I have lived here almost my entire life grew up on Cherryhill Rd. Love living here the rolling hills and farms are like no other. Great article thanks for giving the Southern end recognition it deserves we are not bad people just good country folk.