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New Freedom is a borough in York County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the borough had a population of 4,464. Once an industrial/railroad town, the community has evolved into a mostly residential town.HistoryNew Freedom Borough is located in the southern portion of York County, Pennsylvania. The Borough borders the famous Mason-Dixon line and was incorporated in 1873. Originally named “Freedom” for the Free family, there was another town already in existence so New Freedom was chosen as the official name.People of German, English, and Scotch-Irish descent settled the area. The rich, fertile soil provided a comfortable living for farming and agricultural opportunities. Summers Canning Company operated in the town for years, canning the freshest harvests and then shipping the final products. Summers Canning Company was sold to Hanover Foods in 1984. More history of the Summers family and canning company is here. . A mural depicting scenes from the Summers Canning Company is displayed on a building as you walk down the Heritage Rail Trail.The railroad was a primary factor for early growth of the town. The rail service established a vital means of commerce and transportation until Hurricane Agnes in 1972 destroyed much of the rail line and bridges in York County.Located 30 miles north of Baltimore, Maryland and 38 miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the town is changing from an area of commerce and minor industry to a commuter community.GeographyNew Freedom is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0sqmi, all of it land.
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