Historical Markers in
York County, Pennsylvania

148 East Philadelphia Street 161 East Philadelphia Street 1917 - 1919 23 North Beaver Street 3-inch Rifles 35 South Queen Street 455 West Market Street 459 West Market Street Abbottstown Street/Broadway Abraham Lincoln All Aboard! Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915) American Legion Monument American War Mothers Monument Anthony Ritz Army of the Potomac Articles of Confederation Battle of Hanover Birthplace of Commercial Ice Cream Production Birthplace of John Luther Long Black Horse Tavern Bob Hoffman (1898 - 1985) Calvin C. Rice, Jr. Camp Security Captain Michael Doudel's Company Celebrating 250 Years Cherry Lane Civil War Memorial Civil War Memorial Clear Spring Mill Codorus Furnace Col. Thomas Hartley Cold Spring Hotel Colonel James Smith Colonel Thomas Hartley Conrad Moul - The Public Commons Consequences on the Battle of Gettysburg Continental Treasury Creek and Rail Custer at Hanover Daniel K. Noell Defenders of the Flag Destruction of Private Property Dills – Eichelberger Tavern Dillsburg Town Marker Dr. George Holtzapple, The Breath of Life Dr. Homer C. Hetrick, M. D. Dr. Kennedy Fallen Heroes Memorial Family Album First Pinchot Road First Presbyterian Church of York Fisher Place Flame of Freedom From Farm to Market From Sawmill to Wherley's Gen. Horatio Gates Gen. J.E.B. Stuart Gen. Wayne Headquarters General Anthony Wayne General George Armstrong Custer General Jacob L. Devers General Marquis de Lafayette 1757 - 1834 General Michael P. Small George Adam Gosler George Heckert George Washington Gettysburg Campaign Gettysburg Campaign Gettysburg Campaign Gettysburg Campaign Glatfelter Station Glen Rock Auditorium Global War on Terrorism Globe Inn Golden Plough Tavern Hall & Sellers Press Hallam Borough and Township Honor Roll Hanover Civil War Memorial Hanover Junction Hanover Junction Vital Crossroads Hanover's Wounded History of Dills Tavern History of the Ten Commandments Monolith Homes on Wheels, Mobile Offices Honor Roll In Memory and in Grateful Recognition of In Search of Peace In the Old Court House here at York Interlocking Tower Item Building / Bixler's J. Allen Baer House J. F. & H. O. Neuhaus J.E.B. Stuart's Jump Jacob L. Devers (1887-1979) Jake Devers James Smallwood Schoolhouse James Smith Jefferson Public Square Killed in Action at Hanover Kilpatrick Headquarters Korean War Memorial Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War Memorial Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Memorial Lafayette Club Lest We Forget To Remember Levy Miller, Carpenter Lewis Miller Lewisberry Lewisberry High School Liberty Garden Major General George Armstrong Custer Major John Clark Market House Mason-Dixon Line Mason-Dixon Line McAllister Tavern McClean House Melchinger House Memorial Bench in Memory of Ms. Lillie Belle Allen Memorial Bench in Memory of Police Officer Henry C. Schaad Methodist Episcopal Church Mrs. Michael old Mrs. Stoutzenberger old Schreck and Wife 1799 Paradise Holtzschwamm Union Church Passenger Pigeon Passenger Pigeon Peace Child Penn Common Philip Livingston Phineas Davis Pleasant Hill Hotel Becomes Hospital Prospect Hill Soldiers' Lot Provincial Courthouse Purple Heart Memorial Quay Park Reformed Theological Seminary Site Rev. A.B. Quay House Road of Remembrance Roland Forrest Seitz Smyser-Bair House Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War of the Rebellion Spurgeon Milton Keeny St. Paul's (Ziegler's) Lutheran Church Statue of Liberty Replica Summit Grove Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal Susquehanna Canal The Battle of Hanover The Children's Home of York The Confederates Invade Pennsylvania The Confederates Take Stock The Daniel Trone House The Farmers' Line The First Court House of York County The First National Bank The Flood The Forney Farms The Forry House The Four Chaplains The Glen Rock Woolen, Flour, and Feed Mill The Hanover Spectator Covers the Battle The Jacob Wirt House The Marketmaster The Mary Ann Forge and Furnace The Old Brewhouse The Original Glen Rock Carol Singers The Square is Now Recaptured The Squirrel hunt in 1824 The Turning Point The Underground Railroad and Precursors to War The Winebrenner House The Winebrenner Tannery The Woman's Club of York The York Fair The York Water Company Thomasville Tom Albright Stealing Beef Trains, Grains, and More Trains Trinity United Church of Christ Trinity United Church of Christ U.S.S. Maine Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing & Peace Garden Vietnam War Memorial W. Henry Crumling War Memorial Warrington Meeting House Wellsville William C. Goodridge William C. Goodridge William C. Goodridge, Entrepreneur Women Tending to Wounded World War I Memorial World War I Memorial World War I Memorial World War II Honor Roll World War II Memorial World War II Memorial World War II Memorial York York York York and York County World War II Memorial York County York County Prison York County's 250th Anniversary York Goes to War ~ A Community Responds York Imperial Apple York Inter-State Fair York Iron Company Mine York Liberty Bell York Meeting York surrenders to save city "York House"
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York County, Pennsylvania has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1749. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Susquehannocks and the Shawnees. European settlers began to arrive in the early 18th century, primarily of German and Scots-Irish descent. York County was named after York, England, and quickly became an important trading and transportation hub due to its location along the Susquehanna River.

During the American Revolution, York County played a significant role. In 1777, the Continental Congress temporarily moved to York, seeking a safe haven from the British forces occupying Philadelphia. The Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the U.S. Constitution, were drafted in York and later ratified in 1781. York County was also the site of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, which marked a turning point in the Civil War. Many historic buildings and landmarks associated with these events can still be found in the county today.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, industrialization transformed York County. The region became known for its manufacturing, especially in the production of agricultural products, automobiles, and textiles. One of the county's most famous companies is the York Barbell Company, which revolutionized the fitness industry with its weightlifting equipment. Many notable figures, including President John F. Kennedy and boxer Muhammad Ali, visited the company's headquarters. Today, York County is still home to a diverse range of manufacturing and industrial companies.

In recent decades, York County has experienced growth and development while also preserving its historical character. The county boasts numerous historic sites and museums, such as the York County History Center and the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, which provide glimpses into its past. Moreover, the charming town of York is renowned for its colonial architecture and hosts popular events like the York Fair, America's first fair. With a mix of historical significance, natural beauty, and modern amenities, York County continues to be an appealing destination for visitors and residents alike.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of York County, Pennsylvania.

  • 1749 - York County is formed from part of Lancaster County.
  • 1751 - The town of York is officially laid out and becomes the county seat.
  • 1777 - York serves as the temporary capital of the United States while Philadelphia is occupied by the British during the American Revolution.
  • 1800s - The county experiences significant industrial growth, particularly in the iron and railroad industries.
  • 1863 - During the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg takes place in neighboring Adams County, resulting in significant casualties in York County.
  • 1903 - The York Peppermint Pattie is invented in York, becoming a popular candy nationwide.
  • 1950s-1960s - York County experiences suburbanization and population growth, with many people moving to the area for employment opportunities.
  • 1973 - The Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurs just south of York County, leading to concerns about radiation exposure.
  • 2000s - The county continues to experience population growth and economic development, with a focus on healthcare, manufacturing, and tourism.