York is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania. York was founded in 1741 by settlers from the Philadelphia region, and named for the English city of the same name. During the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) York served as the temporary capital of the Continental Congress. The Articles of Confederation were drafted and ratified in York. During the American Civil War (1861 - 1865) York became the largest Northern town to be occupied by the Confederate army when the division of Major General Jubal Anderson Early spent June 28-30, 1863, in and around the town while the brigade of John B. Gordon marched to the Susquehanna River at Wrightsville and back. Major General Early laid York under tribute and collected food, supplies, clothing, shoes, and $28,000 in cash from the citizens and merchants before departing westward per the revised orders of Robert E. Lee. The York U.S. Army General Hospital served thousands of Union soldiers wounded at the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg. In the Post bellum era, York remained a regional center for local agriculture, but increasingly became an important industrial center, with such industries as steam engines, railroad manufacturing, and paper making coming to the forefront.
Rutter's Dairy in York is America's oldest family farm. Today the Rutter Corporation includes Rutter's Dairy (which processes about one million gallons of milk each year), a real estate division and a family restaurant.