New Buffalo
Picture Circa 1954
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A NEW TOWN

A subscriber has laid out a new town, called New Buffalo consisting of 81 lots at Baughman’s Ferry and Buffalo Township, Cumberland County at the junction of the roads from Sunbury and Lewistown.  The site is elegant being situated in a healthy part of the country and in a neighborhood that for the rapidity of it’s improvements for some years past, is not excelled by many in Pennsylvania.  And as the boat and raft channel lies near the west side of the river this place affords the only safe and convenient landing for many miles above Foster’s Falls.  It lies about 14 miles above Harrisburg and affords many inducements for the industrious mechanic and enterprising dealer.  On the south margin of the town is a grist and saw mill.  A lot No. 61 the largest in the town is reserved by the proprietor or for the purpose of a place of worship and a school for the use of the town.  Condition I. No’s 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 are reserved by the proprietor with a small proportion of ground occupied by a building on lot No 16 where it projects beyond the limits of said lot so long as the present building stands and no longer.  II. The price of a ticket will be sixty dollars which will entitle the purchaser to such lot as may be drawn against its number.  20 dollars to be paid at the time of receiving the ticket and the residue in 5 years from the time the lottery is drawn with lawful interest the balance of the purchase money to remain a lien on the lot until paid but may be paid off at any time within the five years that the purchaser thinks proper.  III. The lots will be drawn by way of lottery as soon as the tickets are all sold, of which public notice will be given in on public newspaper printed in Carlisle and in one other printed in Harrisburg.  The lottery to be conducted by fair respectable and disinterested men mutually chosen by the proprietor and such of the purchasers as may be present at 10 o’clock on the day appointed for drawing the lottery and deeds in fee simple clear of all encumbrances will be delivered to the purchasers at any time after 10 days have elapsed from the drawing of the lottery the deed to be at the expense of the purchaser and not to exceed 2 dollars each.  IV. An open space of ground being between the east side of Front street and within 20 feet of the break of the river bank is allotted by the proprietor as a right in common for the proprietor his heirs and assigns and the inhabitants of the town to pile lumber, plaster etc on but not to build on nor to obstruct the fire passage of the streets and alleys to the river.  The proprietor reserves to himself his heirs and assigns the exclusive right to the ferry and fisheries on the river shore opposite the town.  Plans of the town may be seen at the proprietors at Peter Wennichs in Halifax at Valentine Engle’s in Harrisburg at James McCads.  Portsmonth (Swatara point) at Nicholas Henrich’s Carlisle, at George Taylor’s store Thompsontown at Michael Suris Millersburg, and at Lewis Man’s, Danville, and tickets may be had of the proprietor and such persons as the proprietor may authorize in writing to sell the same and receive the money

Jacob Baughman 

The above was copied from a document written by Jacob Baughman, founder of New Buffalo, circa 1850