George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 2 July 1791]

Saturday 2d. Set out a little after 4 Oclock and in1 abt. 6 Miles crossed the line wch. divides the States of Maryland & Pennsylvania—2 the Trees on wch.3 are so grown up4 tht. I could not perceive the opening5 though I kept a lookout for it. 9 Miles from Tawny town, Littles town is past, they are of similar appe. but the latter is6 more insignificant than the former. Seven Miles farther we came to Hanover (commonly called McAlisters town) a very pretty village with a number of good brick Houses & Mechanics7 in it. At this place, in a good Inn, we breakfasted and in 18 Miles more reached York Town8 where we dined and lodged.

The Country from Tawny Town to York town9 is exceedingly pleasant thickly inhabited10 and well improvd. The dwelling Houses, Barns & meadows being good. After dinner in company with Colo. Hartley & other Gentlemen I walked through the principal Streets of the Town and drank Tea at Col. Hartleys. The Ct. Ho. was illuminated.

Littlestown, Pa., was founded in 1765 by the German settler Peter Klein; Hanover, Pa., was founded about 1763 by Richard McAllister (McCalester; 1725-1795), a Scotch-Irish innkeeper and militia colonel who served with the army in the Flying Camp.

GW arrived at York about 2:00 P.M. and lodged at Baltzer Spangler’s tavern on Market Street. He was greeted by the ringing of bells and a salute from the Independent Light Infantry Company commanded by Capt. George Hay. “In the evening,” reported one citizen, “there was a general illumination, and in the court house in each pane was set a light” (jordan, 46–48).

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