Dillsburg Borough

York County, Pennsylvania


Dillsburg is located at the convergence of Routes 15 and 74 in south-central Pennsylvania. This rural-flavored town is located on main highways with access to several metropolitan destinations.



This makes the community a focal point for area agriculture products being moved to market. Dillsburg is a growing community, currently beginning a downtown revitalization and historic designation program.



Dillsburg unites the surrounding region with its community activities such as: Farmers's Fair, PickleFest and the New Year's Eve Pickle Drop

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Dillsburg Needs You!The PickleFest, a Dillsburg Area Community Event, is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The Pickle Committee is reaching out to not only Residents and Organization in Dillsburg Borough, but to all Residents and Organizations from all surrounding municipalities, for more Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with the pickle eating contest, advertising, vendors, selling pickle items and music and entertainment. If you would be interested in volunteering, Please come to February 11, 2019 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Dillsburg Borough Office Building located at 151 S Baltimore Street, email Emily Reed at flyingicesticks@gmail.com or contact Karen Deibler at 717-432-9969.
Thank you, Dillsburg Area Pickle Committee
Public HearingPlease find the attached memo from George Barnock and the attached flyer featuring the Public Hearing for the County’s 2019 Annual Action Plan for CDBG, HOME and ESG activities.Flyer 1Flyer 2
10 Keys to Healthy Aging Please find a news release of two upcoming free classes for older adults in York County, called 10 Keys to Healthy Aging. 10 Keys to Healthy Aging
Chronic Health ProgramThe York County Area Agency on Aging has a new program that begins on April 1st. It’s for adults 60 and over who have chronic health conditions and want to learn to live in better health. As always, free of charge. Flyer 1Flyer 2

A Brief History Of Dillsburg

Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful and historic Blue Ridge Mountains with South Mountain in its backyard, Dillsburg has been and is a good place to call "home".

At one time the settlement was known as Monaghan Settlement, at other times it was Dill's or Dills, Dillstown and even Dillston. Then, at its incorporation on April 9, 1833, it officially, and probably finally, became known as Dillsburg. It was named in honor of the chief of the earliest settlers, Matthew Dill, who located here about 1740. He came from the county of Monagahan, Ireland. In 1749 Matthew Dill became one of the court justices of York County and before this he had commanded a company against native Indian opposition. He died October 13, 1750 at the age of 52.

The exact date of the earliest settlement in or near Dillsburg is uncertain. It is noted, however, that Captain Matthew Dill's name appeared in the records of Chester County, Pennsylvania, as late as 1735. It should be noted that the lands within the present limits of York County were, at one time, a part of Chester County. They later became part of the new Lancaster County and finally in August 1749 York County was established "West of the Susquehanna" and was separated from Lancaster County.

One of the townships that was laid out before 1749 was Monahan (later Monaghan), including the area now comprising Dillsburg. Since the land west of the Susquehanna was purchased from the Indians in 1736 and, since it is recorded that preaching services were held locally as early as 1737, it may be concluded that the approximate date of settlement is between 1735 and 1740.

Records show that Thomas and Richard Penn, Esquires, and Proprietaries and Governors of the Province of Pennsylvania, granted to Captain Dill, for a sum of money, a tract of land containing 504 acres.

Information above was taken from the "Dillsburg 1983 Sesquicentennial" book.

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