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York College of PA hosts talk by journalist who stopped in York County on 300-mile pilgrimage

March 20, 2023
Headshot of Neil King Jr.

Veteran journalist Neil King Jr. wrote a memoir, “American Ramble: A Walk of Memory and Renewal,” about his 330-mile walk from Washington, D.C., to New York City. King will discuss his stop in York County at 5 p.m.., April 11, at York College’s Center for Community Engagement, 59 East Market Street, York. “An American Rambles through the Heart of York County” is open to the public free of charge and cosponsored by Hometown History, a video/podcast series hosted by Jamie Noerpel and Dominish Marie Miller.

In the spring of 2021, King embarked on his journey in search of a slice of early America. York County was on his short list of stops. He did his homework and made it a destination. The former Wall Street Journal reporter passed through the county, up from Maryland and along the rail trail to York. He enjoyed conversation at York mayor Michael Helfrich’s fire pit, took in Ophelia Chambliss’ art exhibit featuring people who help shape community, toured the restoration of historically Black Lebanon Cemetery with Samantha Dorm, and squatted on an outcrop in the Susquehanna River with Paul Nevin to view early Native American rock carvings, called petroglyphs.