Lucille Carolyn Baney
- Born: 3 Jul 1924, Cumberland Co, PA
- Marriage: Charles T. Vogelsong circa 1946
- Died: After 20 Jun 2008, Dillsburg, York Co., Pennsylvania
From the obituary of her brother, Keith L. Baney published in the Patriot-News on 6/22/2008:
... survived by ... a sister, Lucille Vogelsong of Dillsburg; a brother, Robert Baney of Florida ...
Charles T. & Lucille C. Vogelsong Address: 114 Sawmill Rd, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Friday, September 04, 2009
BY ROGER QUIGLEY
For The Patriot-News [Cumberland / York Co., PA]
In Dillsburg, they like history to be a hands-on experience.
So when you go to the restored Dill's Tavern there, you won't be asked not to touch things. In fact, you'll be encouraged to:
you go to a historical site such as Williamsburg, Va., you'll never know what it feels like to sleep in a rope bed or build a fire in the hearth of a historic home.
But at Dill's Tavern, you'll have a chance to do all that and more.
Most of the painstaking restoration of the historic structure owned by the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society has been finished in what can only be described as a labor of love by volunteers and concerned citizens determined to save a piece of history.
It hasn't been easy.
Restoration of a structure such as the 12-room, two-story stone building on Dillsburg's main street is hard work. It also requires knowledge of 17th and 18th century construction.
And had it not been for borough residents Charles and Lucille Vogelsong, who put up the money to buy the tavern and donated it to the historical society, the tavern and its history would have been gone.
As the January 2006 Dills Tavern Chronicle, published by the society, put it, "Bulldozers were at the door of the tavern, and it was on the brink of destruction."
That's when the Vogelsongs stepped in, and the rest is, literally, history.
The tavern, still a work in progress with painting, finishing work and adding furnishings still to be done, is open for tours from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The cost is $4 a person or $10 for a family.
The society also opens the tavern for First Friday of the month gatherings. The next one is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2.
These are socials in 1790s style for adults to enjoy candlelight, fireside warmth and refreshments. Snacks are provided along with period games and music.
If you want the type of beverages that were provided by the tavern keepers of that era, you'll have to bring your own, because Dillsburg is a dry community. The cost is $10 per person. Period dress is optional.
You also can rent the building for weddings, meetings or other events.
"We do use it ... and that's the whole point of it. It's a living experience. It's not just pretty to come and look through. You won't find any yellow tape or don't sit on this chair signs here," said Larry Klase, a tavern committee member.
The tavern is heated with two fireplaces and period wood stoves. There are modern bathrooms and a summer kitchen behind the main building in a new structure.
When the society took ownership of the property, it began a process intended to restore the building and site to what it would have been like more than 200 year ago.
Builder Sam McKinney was hired in January 2005 to restore the building.
McKinney started out building traditional houses, but always had a love of history.
He shares his knowledge in various trades in his workshops at the tavern.
He said he hopes to begin work to paint the interior of the tavern this winter.
To make sure the paint is correct, McKinney said he has a friend doing paint analysis on the rooms.
In the orchard behind the building, antique apple trees are planted in memory of one the society's active original members.
"These are old, old, old stock apples" planted by a member, Jack Winieski, who is an expert in horticulture," Klase said.
"He's doing all kinds of grafting. He takes an old tree and he's actually grafting parts from other old trees. It's sort of like a museum of old trees," McKinney said.
Klase said the society will continue its efforts to bring people into the tavern so they can experience a time long past.
"This is the way your ancestors lived," he said. "Again, we want people to sit in our chairs. We want people to sleep in our beds. We want people to experience sitting by the fire. We want them to get some idea of what it was like to live circa 1800."
Lucille married Charles T. Vogelsong circa 1946. (Charles T. Vogelsong was born on 30 Jan 1918, died on 20 Nov 2012 in Dillsburg, York Co., Pennsylvania and was buried on 23 Nov 2012 in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dillsburg, York Co., Pennsylvania.)