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York, Pennsylvania Historical Markers

 
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By Henry T. McLin, September 29, 2009
Marker is on the face of the right most pillar wall of the York County Administration Center.
Pennsylvania (York County), York — "Men who don't often weep wept then" Prelude to Gettysburg
(Front): Faced with the impossible task of defending an essentially unarmed city against the six thousand battle hardened troops of General Jubal Early, the citizens of York met with the Confederates and negotiated surrender, in and act which . . . — Map (db m22888) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — "York House"
Built in 1860 by Charles Billmeyer, railroad car manufacturer. Noted for its hand-painted ceiling and exquisite interior ornamentation, building is outstanding example of mansion-type Victorian architecture. — Map (db m4594) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — 148 East Philadelphia Street

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m100700) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — 455 West Market Street

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m100653) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — 459 West Market Street

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m100655) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Articles of Confederation
Our nation's first constitution. Adopted November 15, 1777, in the York County Courthouse, the Articles united the 13 colonies by establishing the government of the United States of America. Remained in effect until replaced by the Constitution in . . . — Map (db m4550) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Black Horse Tavern
Old tavern stood on this site, which was the lot granted to Baltzer Spengler by the sons of William Penn for services in the laying out of York in 1741. — Map (db m4561) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Bob Hoffman (1898 - 1985)
The "Father of World Weightlifting" & founder of the York Barbell Club was the U.S. Olympic weightlifting coach, 1948-64; also actively promoted the sports of powerlifting & bodybuilding. Served as an official advisor on youth physical fitness for . . . — Map (db m4607) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Captain Michael Doudel's Company
Near this site, Captain Michael Doudel's company of York County riflemen mustered on July 24, 1775. Prior to their 600-mile journey to join General George Washington at the siege of Boston, Massachusetts. These frontier patriots were the first to . . . — Map (db m4579) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Cherry Lane
Wall of History on Cherry Lane The outlines of roofs, chimneys, windows and rafters mark the structures which once stood on this site. A. Unfinished brickwork indicates the shadow of a steep roofed log house built by a prosperous . . . — Map (db m4565) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Civil War Memorial

Erected in memory of the Defenders of the Union 1861-5

United States Hospital, Established at York. 1862.

The dead here interred were soldiers of the Union from sixteen states who died in hospital, at their homes or on . . . — Map (db m82395) HM WM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Colonel Thomas Hartley
On this site was the house of Col. Thomas Hartley, first congressman from York County. In 1777, he was prominent in the defense of Philadelphia; led an expedition to avenge the wyoming Massacre in 1778. — Map (db m4566) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Continental Treasury
. . . — Map (db m4553) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Fallen Heroes Memorial

"When you go home. Tell them of us and say For their tomorrow. We gave our today."

John Maxwell Edmonds — Map (db m82373) WM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Gen. Horatio Gates
This building was the residence of Gen. Gates in 1778. At that time he was President of Board of War. It was said that the "Conway Cabal" was thwarted here by Lafayette's loyalty to Washington. — Map (db m4573) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Gen. Wayne Headquarters
Building erected in Colonial Period was headquarters of Gen. Anthony Wayne while his command was in York, Feb. - May, 1781, awaiting orders to join Lafayette in the Yorktown Campaign. — Map (db m4571) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — General Marquis de Lafayette 1757 - 1834
Member Society of the Cincinnati of France. Presented jointly by the State Society of the Cincinnati and the City of York, Pennsylvania, this day January 27th 2007. "Serving America is to my heart an inexpressible happiness" General Marquis de . . . — Map (db m4574) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Globe Inn
Many distinguished persons stayed at old inn located on this site. Here, in 1825, Lafayette was given a reception. His toast "To the Town of York" is memorable. — Map (db m4558) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Golden Plough Tavern
Possibly the oldest surviving building in York. Built, c. 1741, by Martin Eichelberger, native of the German Black Forest. Its massive hewn half-timbers reflect a style almost unknown today, of medieval architecture. — Map (db m4583) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Hall & Sellers Press
First printing press west of Susquehanna River was set up on this site. Here, government publications and continental currency were printed while Congress met in York, Sept. 1777 to June 1778. — Map (db m4569) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — In the Old Court House here at York
The French Alliance was ratified by the Continental Congress May 4, 1778. In the darkest period of the Revolutionary War it brought hope and joy to General Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge. the aid thus secured made possible . . . — Map (db m4577) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — J. Allen Baer House 426 West Market Street C. 1898

has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m100656) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Jacob L. Devers (1887-1979)
Born and raised here, he rose to the rank of Four Star General, 1945. the Army's youngest Brig. Gen. In 1940; he became commander of European operations in World War II and had a key role in the liberation of France, 1944. Buried, Arlington National . . . — Map (db m4600) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — James Smallwood Schoolhouse
Built in 1892, this school was part of a movement to create schools for the education of black students by black teachers, and is representative of the national struggle for equal education, regardless of race. Named in memory of James Smallwood, . . . — Map (db m4598) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — James Smith
A signer of the Declaration of Independence, delegate to Continental Congress, Colonel of Associators, lawyer and ironmaster, lies buried in this churchyard. — Map (db m4592) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Lewis Miller 1796 - 1882
A carpenter by trade, Lewis Miller was a self-taught artist whose whimsical sketches capture the character and spirit of York. Miller created several hundred watercolor images that depict extraordinary events and everyday life in York County. . . . — Map (db m4562) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Major John Clark
Revolutionary officer, aide-de-camp to General Greene, Auditor of the Continental army, lived on this site. — Map (db m4567) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — McClean House
On this site stood the house of Archibald McClean; surveyor for the Penns, county officer, and ardent patriot. Traditionally the Treasury of U.S., 1777-1778, while York was national capital. — Map (db m22853) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Penn Common
York, Pennsylvania. Since 1741, when the town of York was founded, Penn Common has been used as an area for public gatherings. In 1816, the Common was deeded to the Borough of York by the heirs of William Penn, to be kept as a “public . . . — Map (db m5917) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Philip Livingston
One of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence; died in June, 1778, while attending Continental Congress as delegate from New York. His grave is about 300 feet west of here. — Map (db m4599) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Phineas Davis
Site of shop where, in 1831, Davis designed and built first coal-burning locomotive steam engine in United States, called "The York." Here, also, was built "The Codorus," first iron steamboat made in America. — Map (db m4597) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Provincial Courthouse
Continental Congress held its session, Sept. 30, 1777 - June 28, 1778 in Courthouse which stood in the center of this square. Here, Treaties with France and Articles of Confederation were adopted. — Map (db m4560) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Purple Heart Memorial

A tribute to Combat Wounded Veterans who gave so much of themselves in all wars

Purple Heart Medal Est. 1782

Dedicated May 30, 2001 — Map (db m108570) WM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Reformed Theological Seminary Site In The Name of God, Amen.

This tablet, marking the site of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in the United States during its location at York, from 1829 to 1836, is placed by Zion's Classis in grateful remembrance of the church fathers who here laid . . . — Map (db m100668) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Soldiers and Sailors of the Late War of the Rebellion
In memory of the York County soldiers and sailors of the late War of the Rebellion, 1861–1865. — Map (db m5924) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — The First Court House of York County
The first court house of York County was erected in Centre Square, York, Pa. 1754-1756. The second court house was built on this site 1838-1840 and was remodeled and enlarged 1898-1900. John W. Bittenger, P.J. W.F. Bay Stewart, J. Commissioners, . . . — Map (db m22882) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — The First National Thanksgiving
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 . . . — Map (db m4549) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — The Four Chaplains
On February 3, 1943, The Four Chaplains aboard the troop carrier USS Dorchester gave their life jackets to others aboard the torpedoed ship. As the ship sank into the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the four men of God linked arms and died . . . — Map (db m4572) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — The Underground Railroad and Precursors to War
Among the events in the 1850s that helped drive the nation into civil war, the Christiana Riot put a controversial new law to a bloody test. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 ordered federal officers to arrest suspected runaway slaves; it also . . . — Map (db m22892) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — Veterans Memorial

This flag pole is dedicated to the men and women veterans of York County by the Joint Veterans Council to honor all living and departed veterans. May the Stars and Stripes fly forever from this pole as a symbol of freedom as it did . . . — Map (db m108568) WM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — Veterans Memorial Gold Star Healing & Peace Garden Dedicated June 9th, 2012

Inspired by a Gold Star Mother's love for her fallen son, the Veterans Memorial Star Healing & Peace Garden is a thoughtfully designed commemorative arboretum dedicated to all who serve in the United States Armed Forces. This living monument is . . . — Map (db m108566) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — War Memorial

Dedicated to the everlasting memory of those who sacrificed their lives on the altar of freedom in all wars.

To those who served our country in time of war for the freedom of all men everywhere They gave their today for our . . . — Map (db m108572) WM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — William C. Goodridge
Here lived an ex-slave born 1805, who became a prominent York businessman, 1824-1863. Tanner, newspaper distributor, barber. Erected York's first five-story building. His 13 rail cars operated commercially and were used in his work for the . . . — Map (db m5030) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — William C. Goodridge Businessman, Abolitionist

Born into slavery in 1805, William C. Goodridge was sent to York at age six to apprentice as a tanner. At age 16, Goodridge was given his freedom, left York and was trained as a barber. He returned to York in the 1820s. After opening a barber . . . — Map (db m100702) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — William C. Goodridge, Entrepreneur

Born a slave in 1806, William C. Goodridge was freed in 1822, when he began his long, successful career as a businessman. His first enterprise was a barber shop, located on York's Centre Square. Next, he opened a five-story retail store on the . . . — Map (db m100658) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — York
Laid out in 1741, by order of the Proprietors; the first Pennsylvania town west of the Susquehanna River. Seat of the Continental Congress, 1777-78; birthplace of the Articles of Confederation. — Map (db m4548) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York Capital of the Nation
. . . — Map (db m4581) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York and York County World War II Memorial
In Honor and Memory of World War II Veterans — Map (db m4559) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York County
Formed August 19, 1749 from Lancaster County, it was Pennsylvania's fifth to be established. York, the county seat, was laid out in 1741. Continental Congress met in York, 1777-78. Here it adopted Articles of Confederation; ratified treaties with . . . — Map (db m4576) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York County Prison
The old county prison stood on this site from about 1750-1855. In early years of the Revolution, prominent British prisoners of war were held here. — Map (db m4596) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York County's 250th Anniversary

Founded in 1749, York County was the fifth county in Pennsylvania and the first to be formed west of the Susquehanna River. Convinced that the area had gained sufficient population, wealth, and the need for a local government, the provincial . . . — Map (db m100699) HM

Pennsylvania (York County), York — York Liberty Bell
Old bell originally hung in Provincial Courthouse; now in the vestibule of this church. Announced the signing of Declaration of Independence and sessions of Congress when it met in York. — Map (db m4591) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York Meeting
A center for Friends' activities since 1766. It is the oldest existing house of worship in York. The eastern part of the building was erected in 1766; the western part about 1783. — Map (db m4590) HM
Pennsylvania (York County), York — York surrenders to save city
In 1863, York became the largest Northern town occupied by the Confederate Army. The center of one of the richest farming regions in the Union, York was virtually defenseless as the Rebels approached. When Major General Jubal A. Early neared, the . . . — Map (db m22890) HM

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