On November 15, 1777 the Articles of Confederation were signed and adopted in York, PA. Although debatable, this has marked York as the first capital of the United States of America. You can’t get much more significant then this.
Moving forward into the Civil War Era, scattered throughout York County there are signs of pivotal events leading up to the Historic Battle of Gettysburg. One of the most notable is the burning of the bridge over the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville. At this site, citizens burned the bridge to keep the Confederates from moving towards Harrisburg. If the bridge had not been burned, the troops would not have turned towards Gettysburg. The course of history could have been changed forever. The stone pillars of the bridge are still visible.
In 1831, York resident Phineas Davis constructed the first successful coal burning locomotive. He named the machine “The York”. This invention led to increased settlement of the western continental United States. This shaped history.
In 1929, York County was the location of the Hex Trial. This is considered America’s most notorious witchcraft case since the Salem Witch Trials. It ended with the conviction of three individuals accused of killing Nelson Rehmeyer, who was suspected of practicing witchcraft on one of the convicted. While the county was reaching new heights in technology advancement, the superstitions from the prior century were still present.
Let’s end this abbreviated list of historical notes on a sweet note. In 1940, the world-famous YORK Peppermint Patty was created here. Produced by Hershey, this treat continues to be a favorite among locals.