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Linglestown Gazette: History Byte #2

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

History Byte #2

Story behind village name ...

Linglestown was founded in 1765 by Thomas Lingle, who came to this area from Berks County, Pa. After purchasing the land and laying out the town, he named it "The Town of St. Thomas." However, because it was Mr. Lingle who founded the town, many people began calling it "Lingle’s Town." In 1811, Thomas Lingle died and was buried in the St. Thomas (Wenrich’s) church Cemetery. After his death the former name of the town was dropped, and the name was changed, unofficially, to Linglestown.

Source: Lower Paxton Township Bi-centennial 1767-1967, Triangle Press (Harrisburg, Pa.), 1967



At 11:13 PM, Blogger Harry said...

So this means that the actually name of Linglestown is St. Thomas?

Also, did he pick the name St. Thomas after himself, or the saint?


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