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History of East Berlin PA

East Berlin is one of the boroughs in the United States, found in Adams County, Pennsylvania. You can find the borough easily as it is adjacent to the famous York County at the southern part of Pennsylvania. This borough is served by the Bermudian Springs School District and had a population of 1521 people during the 2010 census. East Berlin painter Hanover Adams and York Painting Contractors is proud to serve this entire area.

The history of this borough can be traced back to the year 1764 when John Frankenberger; its founder bought land and named it Berlin. The name East Berlin came about in the year 1797 from the borough new owner “John Hildebrand”. The borough became part of Adams County after the York County division and it had around one hundred houses.


East Berlin has seen a lot of growth and development as from the early days. Agriculture being the source of its resident’s livelihood, the East Berlin Railroad that operated in Adams County handled the agriculture traffic. The rail management was not a smooth one as it has seen a change of ownership over the years.

The East Berlin PA was a multi-racial borough as it had a mix of Whites, African American, Native American, and Asians. There were also other races though they made a small percentage of the entire population. The 2000 census showed that the population was from all age groups, though the females were more than their male counterparts.


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  1. The Society

    There has been a society that in Eastern Berlin whose board members are all volunteers. The membership is open to all people as far as they are committed to the area and believe in its history. The board of directors are volunteers and they are four officers and seven board members.

    There are five historic buildings which are maintained to preserve the history of the East Berlin PA. The Swigart’s Mill (1794), The Log Cabin (1832, The Liberty #1 Engine House (1892), The Church Schoolhouse and the  Red Men’s Hall, are the historic buildings maintained by the society. These are the buildings that make the borough unique.


    There are East Berlin special events that take place every year. The Colonial Day, Historic East Berlin Antique Show, and the Town and Country Christmas House Tour are some of the big events in this borough. The funds collected during these events are supportive of the work of the society managing the borough and sponsorship of these events is always welcomed.

    Apart from these special events, there are social events which include candlelit Christmas dinner and the Strawberry Festival. These events are planned early enough to give people time to contribute to the planning and also input their ideas. Volunteers are always welcome in these social events as they are important to the East Berlin PA society.


    History is important and the East Berlin PA society has given their all to preserve it. The founder’s house is still standing and though not at its original state, it has been maintained. The historic buildings carry a lot of history and as the East Berlin Society believes, the past has come to life.