The History of York County

Founded in 1749, York County has played a proud role in the long and exciting drama that is the history of the United States of America.

Early Days

The history of the County begins with agreements established by William Penn with the American Indians who made their homes along York County’s streams and rivers.

The American Revolution

As early as July 4, 1774, York countians selected a committee to protest against British taxation and other oppressive measures. When Boston was blockaded as a result of its famous tea party, York County provided financial help and military support.

First Settlements

In 1729, John and James Hendricks established the first authorized settlement in what is now called Kreutz Creek in York County.

The Civil War

After the guns off Fort Sumter thundered the call to war in 1861, York County sent the first fully-equipped volunteers to march from Pennsylvania.