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  Come explore the rich history and culture of South Central Pennsylvania at the York County Heritage Trust's five diverse museums.  We hope to see you soon!
 
Historical Society Museum
Explore the Street of Shops exhibit to find out commerce in times past and be sure to check out the impressive early 1800s Tannenberg organ in the main lobby.  Learn about prominent local folk artist Lewis Miller and visit the Decorative Arts Galleries to find out about the tradition of workmanship in York evident in case clocks, furniture, quilts and early Pflatzgraff pottery.  Discover more about life in York during the 19th and 20th centuries and families don't want to miss the Rutter's Discovery Zone with hands-on displays focused on a 19th century one-room school house.  
 
Be sure to check out the latest temporary exhibit The Fiery Trial which tells the story of York's Civil War experience.  And don't miss the extensive museum shop and bookstore during your visit! 
 
Agricultural and Industrial Museum
Housed in a former factory complex, the museum features two floors with over 20 exhibits highlighting transportation, agriculture and the development of manufacturing and industry.  A wide variety of hands-on experiences await visitors of all ages.
 
Step into a 1916 trolley car or sit in the seat of a 1940 train switcher engine in the Transportation Gallery.  Explore the Local Industry Galleries to try your hand at using rotary phones operated by a 1910 switch board.  Discover what it's like to milk a dairy cow in the Agricultural Gallery and check out the working 3-story grist mill during your visit.  Before leaving don't miss the aptly named Hall of Giants Gallery to see a 72-ton A-frame ammonia compressor used for producing ice in the early 1900s. 
 
Colonial Complex
The complex is comprised of four buildings focused on the region's colonial era history and stories.  
Reconstructed Colonial Courthouse- Learn about the important decisions reached while the Continental Congress was in York.
Golden Plough Tavern- (1741) Discover the important role taverns played in colonial life and get a glimpse of life for a working class family during the founding of the city of York. 
General Gates House- (1751) Explore a home used by General Horatio Gates in 1778 while the Continental Congress met in York.
Barnett Bobb Log House- (1812) Learn about family life in the early 1800s.
 
Bonham House
The 19th century home of York's Bonham family is a window into the style, activities, and history of the Victorian Era and into the 20th century. The home is furnished with family heirlooms, original Horace Bonham paintings, and an array of period objects bringing to life the more than 90 years the family resided in the home. 

Fire Museum
Stationed in the historic 1903 Royal Fire House, the Fire Museum exhibits more than 200 years of fire-fighting history.  On display within the three-floor historic building are horse drawn fire carriages, an array of vintage fire trucks, firefighter uniforms, photographs and much more.
 



 
 
 

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