British flag raised over York courthouse

John A. Pavoncello

Though most York residents would never expect to see a British flag flying over the York County Colonial Courthouse, that is exactly what happened Friday, April 1. Mark Hargenbuch, aka “Malcom MacWilliam,” a re-enactor with the 77th Regiment of Foote, Grenadier Company, from Dillsburg, raised the British flag on the flagpole in front of the courthouse then stepped back and saluted with his sword.

The flag raising was an “April Fools” joke of sort, according to museum educator Dara Kane, to promote upcoming events including the Go Green event April 23; a visit by Ben Franklin during the Mother’s Day Street Fair May 8; and living history event, Colonial York Day, July 30, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Colonial Courthouse.

The courthouse is a 1976 reproduction of York’s first courthouse, built in 1756.

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