Stewartstown, Pennsylvania

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Stewartstown is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 1,752 at the 2000 census.



There were settlers in the Stewartstown area as early as 1750. This part of southern York County was claimed by both Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the boundary dispute was settled by the surveying of the Mason-Dixon Line in 1767.

By 1777, a road has been well established between York and Baltimore, and Stewartstown's main street of today lies along a portion of the road. Around 1812, a group of farmers set out to establish a town in south central Hopewell Township. The earliest buildings were several houses, a workshop for making furniture and wheels, a store, and a tavern. Anthony Stewart, owner of the workshop, served as the village clerk and his shop became the main meeting place.

The village was first known as Meadstown, after Benedict Meads, owner of the tavern and the store. Later it became known as Mechanicsburg because of a large amount of tradesmen who lived in the community. By 1828, the town had its own post office, and Stewart was appointed the first postmaster. There was already another Pennsylvania town named Mechanicsburg, so postal officials assigned the name "Guilford" to the community. Through the efforts of Anthony Stewart, with the help of Judge Adam Ebaugh, the Post Office Department changed the town's postmark to "Stewartstown" on March 24, 1832.


Stewartstown is located at 39°45′15″N 76°35′35″W / 39.75417°N 76.59306°W / 39.75417; -76.59306 (39.754106, -76.593181).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,752 people, 678 households, and 513 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,091.9 people per square mile (805.3/km²). There were 718 housing units at an average density of 857.3/sq mi (330.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 96.69% White, 1.60% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

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