The Founding Story of Jefferson Borough
York Pennsylvania

Frederick Kraft (1776-1838) was the founder of Jefferson. He was a Baltimore native and is listed in the 1808 Baltimore directory as a tavern keeper. In 1812, this piece of land, now known as the town of Jefferson, was nothing more than a crossroads and had been used for half a century for the commercial trade between Baltimore and York. In fact, Codorus whiskey found its way to Baltimore markets by way of this route.

On February 1, 1812, Peter Hamm of Codorus Township sold the 23 acres of land that contained the crossroads to Kraft for $675.00. Kraft quickly established a tavern and store (which is no longer standing). It is assumed that he knew that a tavern, store, and important crossroads were standard ingredients in the founding of a new town. In 1814 Kraft hired John L. Hinkle (1781-1846), a Hanover surveyor, to lay out a town on the crossroads.

Frederick Kraft named the town for Thomas Jefferson because of the strong Democratic ties of the residents. However, in 1866, when the town was incorporated, the name Jefferson was already taken from a town in Greene County near Pittsburgh. So, the residents of the “York County”Jefferson chose “Codorus”, as its postal address, since it is in Codorus Township.

Kraft spent the last 22 years of his life in Jefferson and died in July of 1838.


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Community Easter Egg Hunt at Ball Field - April 19th
Residents may call Jen Cristofoletti at the Solid Waste Authority to pre-register at 717-845-1066 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.  Registrants will receive a dashboard placard for free one-time disposal of up to 10 tires.  Tires must be off the rim and cannot exceed 32" in diameter.  Tires must not be excessively dirty or full of water.  This program is limited to one placard per household.  Businesses are not eligible to participate. Registration ends May 23, 2014 at the close of business.
Residents may place old tires out with their regular garbage but they must be off the rim and may not exceed 32" in diameter.  Residents should call their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.  The goal is to eliminate illegal dumping and keeping York County beautiful!