Discover York — Hanover/Southwestern York County

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York County’s second largest town is Hanover Borough, located in the southwestern portion of the county near Adams County to the west and Maryland’s Carroll County to the south. With a population of over 14,000, Hanover has its own unique personality. During the Civil War, The Battle of Hanover played a vital-but-forgotten role in the outcome at Gettysburg. Union Generals Kirpatrick and Custer unexpectedly ran into Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry. The skirmish that ensued delayed Stuart’s arrival at Gettysburg, contributing to the Union victory.

Today, Hanover is known for its snack food industry. Utz and Snyder’s of Hanover are both headquartered here. Arts and Entertainment can be found at the new Eichelberger Center for the Performing Arts, and shopping is available at the North Hanover Mall. Nearby Codorus State Park is home to the 1,275 acre Lake Marburg and one of the largest swimming pools in the state.

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