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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PLANNING COMMISSIONER 
The Jefferson Borough is seeking someone to fill a vacancy in the Planning Commission.  The term is through 12/31/16 and you must be a resident of the borough.  Meetings are held as needed once a month on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Borough Office.  If you have any questions or would be interested please contact the office.  Your service to the community will be greatly appreciated.
 
YORK COUNTY WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM 
The county has available funding for homeowners and renters to help weatherize your homes.  Contact York County Planning Commission at 717-771-9870 and ask for the Weatherization Program.