The seat of York County, York is an industrial and commercial center in the Pennsylvania Dutch region. It is located 25 miles (40 km) south of Harrisburg and about 60 miles (100 km) north of Baltimore.
York was founded in 1741 as a manorial town by the Penn family. It was incorporated as a borough in 1787 and as a city in 1887. During the Revolutionary War, it was home to the Continental Congress from Sept. 30, 1777 to June 27, 1778 while Philadelphia was under British control. The Articles of Confederation were adopted here during this time. During the Civil War, York became the northernmost city to fall into Confederate hands when General Jubel Early captured it in 1863.
York County is one of the leading agricultural counties in Pennsylvania. Among its several industries is the lead plant for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company. Like many other Pennsylvania cities, York has a dense urban fabric characterized by rowhouses and tree-shaded streets.