Jacobus PA

The town now known as Jacobus had its beginning in 1837 when the first house was erected on the southeast corner of Main and Water Streets.  New Paradise, as the town was then known, grew from that humble beginning with commercial establishments, including a hotel, a wagon shop and a cigar factory soon following.  The location of New Paradise along the Baltimore to York Turnpike made it a convenient stopping-off place for travelers between the two cities.  As local farmers retired and moved to town when their children took over operation of the surrounding farms, the town grew, slowly at first, then more rapidly in the late 1800's.  Soon a post office was deemed necessary, and to avoid confusion with the town of Paradise in Lancaster County, the name was changed to Jacobus in honor of the first Postmaster, Jacob Geiselman.  Local lore has it that Jacobus derives from "Jacob United States", but it is more likely that the name mimics the German form of Jacob, which is Jacobus.  The population of the town at that time, and continuing well into the mid-20th century, was primarily of German descent.  The Pennsylvania Dutch dialect could still be heard on the streets and in the churches and shops of Jacobus well into the 1950's.

Jacobus was incorporated as a Borough in 1929 and is the youngest municipality in York County.  The Borough's proximity to Interstate 83 and its bucolic setting and small-town atmosphere have made it attractive to commuters from the northern suburbs of Baltimore, spurring increased residential and commercial development in recent years.  According to the 2010 Census count, Jacobus Borough's population is now 1841, up approximately 35.0% from the 2000 Census count of 1203.


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