2016 marks two important anniversaries for the York County Community, the 275th anniversary of the City of York as well as the 40th anniversary of the opening of York’s Colonial Court House. Throughout the next 10 months a number of activities will showcase these important milestones.
The Trust’s Colonial Court House that is part of the Colonial Complex was opened in 1976 during the nation’s bicentennial era commemorations. The original structure that stood in Continental Square was torn down in 1841. The current replica building serves as a showcase to national and local history from the Revolutionary War era. Many visitors to the complex are surprised to learn that York served as the seat of the Colonial government, with the Second Continental Congress seated in York for about nine months (September 1777-June 1778). This time period was a pivotal part of the war from the American perspective. During the same challenging winter of Valley Forge, Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation on November 15, 1777 (the first formal form of government for the 13 colonies, and eventually served as the law of the land until it was replaced by the Constitution in 1789). They also signed a treaty with France in May of 1778 that ultimately turned the tide in the outcome of the Revolutionary War.
To learn more, visit www.yorkheritage.org or call 717-848-1587.