Sept-27-1777: Lancaster, PA the New Capitol

Lancaster – A Capitol City?

MOTORCADEDuring the American Revolution, Lancaster, PA was briefly the capital of the colonies on September 27, 1777, when the Continental Congress fled Philadelphia, which had been captured by the British.  After meeting one day, they moved still farther away, to York, Pennsylvania. On October 13, 2011, Lancaster’s City Council officially recognized September 27 as Capital Day, a holiday recognizing Lancaster’s time as capital of the nation.

Lancaster is in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) country.

 

From Wikipedia:

From 1774 to 1800, Congress met in numerous locations; therefore, the following cities can be said to have once been the United States capital

First Continental Congress
  • Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: September 5, 1774 to October 24, 1774
Second Continental Congress
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: May 10, 1775 to December 12, 1776
  • Henry Fite House, Baltimore, Maryland: December 20, 1776 to February 27, 1777
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: March 4, 1777 to September 18, 1777
  • Court House, Lancaster, Pennsylvania: September 27, 1777 (one day)
  • Court House, York, Pennsylvania: September 30, 1777 to June 2, 1778
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: July 27, 1778 to March 1, 1781
Articles of Confederation
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: March 1, 1781 to June 21, 1783
  • Nassau Hall, Princeton, New Jersey: June 30, 1783 to November 4, 1783
  • Maryland State House, Annapolis, Maryland: November 26, 1783 to August 19, 1784
  • French Arms Tavern, Trenton, New Jersey: November 1, 1784 to December 24, 1784
  • City Hall (Federal Hall), New York City, New York: January 11, 1785 to Autumn 1788
United States Constitution
  • Federal Hall, New York City, New York: March 4, 1789 to December 5, 1790
  • Congress Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800
  • United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.: November 17, 1800 to December 8, 1815
  • Old Brick Capitol, Washington, D.C.: December 8, 1815 to 1825
  • United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.: 1825 to present
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