During the Christiana treason trial, Pennsylvania lawyers will mention Thomas McCreary as an example of the borderers who forced Pennsylvanians to defend themselves. Before the trial ended, Lancaster authorities would try to arrest McCreary at Chestnut Level, where he ended his mail runs from the Elkton railroad depot. The aftermath of the trial and the McCreary story will intertwine when McCreary makes his last and most infamous kidnapping, the abduction of Rachel Parker in neighboring West Nottingham Township. The kidnapping and rescue of the Parker sisters, as well as the murder of the chief witness against McCreary, will be highlighted in this presentation about this somewhat unknown story of our local past.
For those who are wondering, Thomas McCreary was a descendant of John McCreary of Little Britain. But Thomas's brother Jesse and his children will uphold family honor and join those who will take a stand in support of Rachel Parker
Milt wrote Stealing Freedom Along the Mason-Dixon Line: Thomas McCreary, the Notorious Slave Catcher from Maryland. He will be signing and selling the book (cash or check only) at the program. Milt is also the author of Images of America: Cecil County, but will not have copies of that book with him.
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Solanco Historical Society Archives Bldg.
1932 Robert Fulton Highway (Route 222)
Quarryville, PA 17566
Approximately 7 miles south of Quarryville,
across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace Museum and Garden.
The program is free and open to the public.
We look forward to seeing you there!