Names of York: Anthony Stewart

namesofyorklogo.jpgMore in the ongoing series on the Names of York.

Place: Stewartstown, a borough in southeastern York County.

Who was it named after? Anthony Stewart, one of the town’s original landowners, was the first postmaster of Stewartstown. Stewart was a mechanic who made spinning wheels and sold them around town.

Something interesting: Stewartstown was the center of much debate about its name in the early 1800s – its post office was originally called Guilford; people around the area wanted the town to be named Mechanicsburg, even though there was already one of those in Pennsylvania! The borough was originally incorporated as Mechanicsburg and didn’t have its name changed to Stewartstown until 1853!

Source: Stewartstown Historical Society’s “Stewartstown, Pennsylvania: Then and now.”

Do you have a suggestion of a place in York County named for a person? If so, post a comment! I’m going to work my way through some likely ones, such as schools and parks, but I need other suggestions too!

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