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!
A Timeless Collection: The John J. Snyder Jr. Exhibition
Located at the Trust's Historical Society Museum, A Timeless Collection is the newest temporary exhibition. The exhibit features furniture attributed to South Central Pennsylvania from the 1750s to early 1800s as well as 14 tall case clocks crafted by some York's most notable clockmakers. John J. Snyder a renowned antique expert and collector amassed a large collection of Pennsylvania Furniture, clocks, and paintings from the 18th and 19th century. Objects in A Timeless Collection are from Snyder's estate, and were recently acquired by the Trust. The exhibit is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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 Pfaltzgraff 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 1930s 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 Hall of Giants Gallery to see a 72-ton A-frame ammonia compressor used for producing ice in the early 1900s.
The complex is comprised of four buildings focused on the region's colonial and Revolutionary War era history and stories. 45 -60 minute guided tours will explore:
Colonial Courthouse- Learn about the important decisions reached while the Second 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 Horatio Gates House- ( circa 1755) Explore a home used by General Horatio Gates during the winter of 1777-1778 while the Continental Congress met in York.
Barnett Bobb Log House- (1812) Learn about family life in the early 1800s.
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.
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.