More Information about Hanover Junction

Postmarks from Hanover Junction

David A. Gentry has written an interesting article about the history of postmarks from Hanover Junction called The Railroad Station Cancels of Hanover Junction.

This article appeared in the The Pennsylvania Postal Historian, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Whole No. 164), August 2005.

We gratefully acknowledge the permission given by the Pennsylvania Postal History Society, the author, and Norm Shachat, Editor of The HISTORIAN, to reproduce this article.

Hanover Junction postmark from 1908

Wilferd Shaffer (Station Agent at Hanover Junction) took an art course from the International Correspondence School in Scranton, PA. 

Postmasters at Hanover Junction

This information was in a letter from Charles H. Glatfelter to Roger E. Shaffer, December 17, 2001

Dedication of the Hanover Junction Railroad Station Museum - 2001

Dr. Charles Glatfelter, Professor Emeritus of History, Gettysburg College, gave this presentation on the occasion of the Dedication of the Hanover Junction Railroad Station Museum, November 18, 2001.

Dedication Day 

Card from the dedication of the Hanover Junction Railroad Station after restoration by York County Department of Parks and Recreation. November 18, 2001. 

Hanover Junction - Pennsylvania or Virginia?

Over the years, there has been some confusion between two different Hanover Junctions — Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, and Hanover Junction, Virginia (now called Doswell). 

Both sites played important roles in the Civil War. You can read more about Hanover Junction, Virginia, in this article, Civil War History: Hanover Junction, from the American Battlefield Trust.


1876 Centennial Excursion Ticket

A Centennial Excursion Ticket for travel to Philadelphia for the 1876 Centennial Celebration. 

Station Agent's Rubber Stamps

Hanover Junction Station Agent's Rubber Stamps

A fire in Hanover Junction

Source: The York Dispatch. 18 May 1940. P. 3. (

A fire in Hanover Junction

A fire damaged the home of H. I. Gladfelter shortly after noon on May 17, 1940. Roger Shaffer was there and took pictures with his old half-frame 127 film camera. The house is across Seven Valleys Road from the house where Roger lived.

Hoses were extended to pump water from Codorus Creek

Note how they laid the hoses UNDER the main tracks.

The side of the truck says G.R.E.L. & P. CO. (Glen Rock Electric Light and Power Co.)

"It's not on the map"

“It’s Not on The Map: Hanover Junction Spawned By Railroad.”
Article published by Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. Unknown date. 

Hanover Junction Station before restoration

Condition of Hanover Junction Railroad Station before it was restored and converted into a museum.

Freight Bill - 1881

Freight Bill – Hanover Junction, Hanover & Gettysburg R. R. Co. July 31, 1881. The handwriting makes it difficult to guess what the products were. Could it be two "cases" of something and 100 "barrels" of something? We know the first item weighed 250 pounds and the last item weighed 8000 pounds. It surely didn't cost much to ship 8,000 pounds.