New Freedom Borough is located in the southern
portion of York County, Pennsylvania. The Borough borders Maryland
and is part of the famous Mason-Dixon line. New Freedom was
incorporated in 1873 and originally named "Freedom" for the Free
family. Since there was another town already in existence with this
name, "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. During the twentieth
century, New Freedom was the home of a canning factory, an insulator
factory and a veneer plant.
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. The railroad path has since
become a part of the Rail Trail of the York County Park System. The
Rail Trail provides safe space to jog, bike, and walk.
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 suburbanized community.