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York in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The First National Thanksgiving
 
The First National Thanksgiving Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Beverly Pfingsten, January 5, 2008
1. The First National Thanksgiving Marker
 
Inscription. Was proclaimed from York by the Continental Congress on November 1, 1777 to be celebrated on Thursday, December 18. It was written by Sam Adams of Massachusetts. "The Father of the Revolution," who advocated for the first time "one day of public thanksgiving" for all of the states after the battle of Saratoga. "That with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts."
 
Erected by Various Historical and Patriotic Societies and The National Thanksgiving Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 57.774′ N, 76° 43.604′ W. Marker is in York, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on E. Market Street 0.2 miles east of George Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: York PA 17403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Men who don't often weep wept then" (a few steps from this marker); The First Court House of York County (within shouting distance of this marker); Provincial Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McClean House (about 300 feet away); Articles of Confederation (about 300 feet away); York surrenders to save city (about 300 feet away); Continental Treasury (about 300 feet away); The Underground Railroad and Precursors to War (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in York.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,715 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week November 23, 2008. Photo   1. submitted on January 5, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
 
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