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Continental Square

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1741, Thomas Cookson; later alterations. Market and George sts.

York's central square at the intersection of Market and George streets followed Lancaster by having its first county courthouse (1754) in the open space of the square. During the occupation of Philadelphia, the Continental Congress met in the York courthouse between September 1777 and June 1778. The courthouse was demolished in 1841 ( YO12). The square, recently rebranded to reflect York's brief role in hosting the Continental Congress, is now bordered by buildings that represent several eras of the city's history.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "Continental Square", [York, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 356-356.

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