"Peeksting" - The Place of Springs or Standing Water



(updated April 2023)

 The Paxtang Historical Society is once again holding meetings with speaker presentations or field trips in the Fall and Spring.  All meetings are held at the Paxton Presbyterian Church in Paxtang.  The Society also is an annual co-sponsor of the Memorial Day picnic organized by the Borough of Paxtang.

  If you have photographs of Paxtang that were taken many years ago, and are willing to share them, please contact any member of the PHS Board of Directors.  Currently we are especially looking for photos related to WWII.


Paxtang Historical Society Book





 by Robin G. Lighty

This hardbound 346 page book is available for reading at most libraries in Dauphin and Cumberland County, and at the Pennsylvania State Library in Harrisburg.  Copies were distributed to over 10 historical societies in both counties, and the book was also given to local colleges and universities.


The Paxtang Historical Journal

All historical articles from Vol. 1 (2003) through Vol. 12 (2014) are included as part of the "Paxtang Memories" book.  The "Paxtang Memories" book, published in 2014, also contains 30 more new articles on the history of Paxtang and its businesses and community.

Historical Articles in The Paxtang Historical Journal (2015 to present)

The articles listed below can be purchased as a color pdf file that is included with that entire issue of the Paxtang Historical Journal.  The price is $10.00 for the entire year issued.  The color pdf files are delivered by email.  Please contact Robin G. Lighty if interested at robin@lighty.net

(2015) Vol. 13, no. 1, The Harrisburg Fairgrounds, by Henry Brillinger

(2015) Vol. 13, no. 2, The Paxtang Municipal Building, by Henry Brillinger

(2016) Vol. 14, no. 1, From the Paxtang Council Chambers - 1940 to 1945, by Henry Brillinger

(2016) Vol. 14, no. 2, People and Households Moving to Paxtang 1935-1940, by Robin G. Lighty

(2016) Vol. 14, no. 2, Family Structure of the 1940 Paxtang Household, by Robin G. Lighty

(2017) Vol. 15, no. 1, World War One Veterans Move to Paxtang as its Population Rapidly Grows, by Robin G. Lighty

(2017) Vol. 15, no. 1, Origins of the Paxtang Historical Society, by Pat Appleby

(2017) Vol. 15, no. 1, Minutes from the Paxtang Council Chambers - 1946 to 1950, by Henry Brillinger

(2017) Vol. 15, no. 1, WWII Navy Veteran Samuel "Chuck" Kline and the Amphibious Force Command Ship USS Wasatch, by Robin G. Lighty

(2017) Vol. 15, no. 2, Paxtang Spanish American War Veterans, by Robin G. Lighty

(2018) Vol. 16, no. 1, Paxtang Spanish American War Veterans (Part 2), by Robin G. Lighty

(2018) Vol. 16, no. 2, A Brief History of Paxtang Cemetery, by Alesia Skinner, Bill Ilgenfritz, and Robin G. Lighty

(2018) Vol. 16, no. 2, Several WWI Veterans Buried in Paxtang Cemetery, by Robin G. Lighty

(2019) Vol. 17, no. 1, A Look at Paxtang and Paxtang Park During Year 1907, by Robin G. Lighty

(2019) Vol. 17, no. 1, Beautiful Paxtang Park, by Henry Brillinger

(2019) Vol. 17, no. 2, Tours of the Old Paxton Presbyterian Church and Adjacent Cemetery, brief background history, by Robin G. Lighty

(2019) Vol. 17, no. 2, The Origin of the Famous Paxtang Trolley Mural Scene, by Robin G. Lighty

(2019) Vol. 17, no. 2, Historic Places and Districts in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, by Robin G. Lighty

(2020) Vol. 18, no. 1, Beer Bottle Bonanza in Paxtang, by Bill Ilgenfritz

(2020) Vol. 18, no. 1, A Trip Down Spring Creek through Old Paxtang Park and the Floods of 1907 and 1915, by Robin G. Lighty

(2020) Vol. 18, no. 1, The Early Days of the English Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg, by Robin G. Lighty

(2020) Vol. 18, no. 1, The Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden (1770-1850), by Major General George R. Snowden and Robin G. Lighty

(2020) Vol. 18, no. 1, The Last Surviving American Revolutionary War Veterans of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and Records of their Service in the Battalions of Lancaster County Militia, by Robin G. Lighty