Category Archives: Continental Congress

Colonial Courthouse Time Capsule information sought

In the 1970s the York County Bicentennial Commission painstakingly researched the dimensions of the first York County courthouse, which stood in the center of York’s square from 1754 to 1841. This was the building that housed the Continental Congress from September 1777 … Continue reading

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Other Revolutionary War patriots homes like Jonathan Mifflin’s have been saved

      Jonathan Mifflin was also a prominent Revolutionary War patriot, even going contrary to his Quaker religion to become an officer and assistant Quartermaster General for the entire American army. He also became a friend of George Washington … Continue reading

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Artists recognized the Susquehanna’s beauty

We are blessed with an abundance of gorgeous scenery in York County. It seems especially striking when you get away from the towns into some of the more remote corners. The long eastern border along the Susquehanna River affords many … Continue reading

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1920s York bank designed to recognize World War One veterans

Most people know the imposing stone building on the northeast corner of York’s Center/Continental Square was erected as a bank building in the 1920s and that it served in that capacity until just a few years ago. It is now … Continue reading

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Did colonial courthouse windows end up in the Dover area?

See below for the transcription of an interesting clipping from the September 23, 1937 York Gazette and Daily found in the York County History Center files. It reads:

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Articles of Confederation, adopted in York, Pa., met with dismay by King

One of the things of which we York countians are proud is that the Articles of Confederation, our nation’s first constitution, was approved right here 239 years ago today, on November 15, 1777. The Articles served the nation well through … Continue reading

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York’s Colonial Hotel building still stately after nearly 125 years

For over a month I have been putting together a slide show on York’s square in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York in 1741. The information on the square at the York County History Center … Continue reading

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James Smith, York County’s Signer of the Declaration of Independence

In honor of those brave patriots who put their life on the line signing the Declaration of Independence, my previous York Sunday News column on “our signer,” James Smith, is repeated below: Who Was James Smith? You might know that … Continue reading

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York was an important capital, fourth or first

When planning for the recent Unraveling York County’s History: An Evening with the YDR’s History Bloggers event earlier this month, each of the five bloggers (Jim McClure, Scott Mingus, Stephen H. Smith, Joan Concilo and me) was asked to choose … Continue reading

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Join us for “An Evening to Unravel York County History” on December 9

Does York have a solid claim to the First Capital of the United States? That is one of historical controversies that will be tackled by the York Daily Record’s five historical bloggers with audience participation in a free public program … Continue reading

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