Agricultural and Industrial Museum
Appropriately housed in the former Motter Factory Complex, the Agricultural and Industrial Museum features galleries for transportation, agriculture, and local industry. Young visitors will enjoy stepping into a 1916 trolley car and the 1942 switcher engine in the Air, Land, and Water exhibit or they can try their hand at milking Annabelle, a full-sized model dairy cow in From the Farm to the Table. Kids and nostalgic adults alike can call each other on rotary phones operated by a 1910 switch board. Built into the Agriculture Gallery, the three-story working grist mill is a must-see exhibit. Comprised of two floors and over twenty exhibitions of York County businesses, the Local Industry Galleries shine a spotlight on the companies that made York a manufacturing hub. In the Hall of Giants, visitors are treated to the unique experience of seeing a 72-ton A-frame ammonia compressor, used for producing ice in the early 1900s. The Agricultural and Industrial Museum allows visitors to glimpse into York County's past and trace the community's strong farming and manufacturing roots.
The beautiful 19th Century home of York's Bonham family is a window to the style, activities, and history of York during the Victorian Era and 20th century. Lawyer and painter Horace Bonham, his wife Rebekah, and their three daughters; Elizabeth (Bessie), Amy, and Eleanor resided at 152 East Market Street for over 90 years. The home is lovingly maintained with original family heirlooms, and Horace's paintings of genre scenes, and family portraiture.
The York County Heritage Trust's Colonial Complex consists of three historic buildings and one reproduction building that teach visitors about York's history from 1741- 1830. The Golden Plough Tavern, built in 1741, presents the significant role taverns played in the community as a hotel, restaurant and source of news. The Golden Plough Tavern highlights life for a working class family during the founding of the City of York. The General Gates House (c.1751), standing adjacent to the Tavern, reflects the year 1778 when General Horatio Gates occupied the house while the Continental Congress met in York. The rooms within the General Gates House are used to contrast the life of a working class family with that of an upper class general. The Barnett Bobb Log House (c.1812), which was moved to the site, exhibits family life in the1800s for a lower class weaving family. Across the street, stands the reconstruction of the Colonial Court House, which highlights the stay of the Continental Congress and the important decisions that were made in York.
Stationed in the historic Royal Fire House, the Fire Museum exhibits more than 200 years of fire-fighting history in York County. Visitors step back in time as they move throughout the fire house apparatus room, harness room, lounge, pool room, meeting room and dorm to view a horse drawn fire carriage, an array of vintage fire trucks, firefighter uniforms, photographs and much more within the three-floor historic building.
Historical Society Museum
Dominated by the 1804 Tannenberg Organ, the former showroom of the Richley Car Dealership is now the grand entryway to the Historical Society Museum. Converted from the Richley Dealership to the Historical Society Museum in 1959, the museum still retains the original Street of Shops
exhibit, where visitors gain a window into trade and commerce of times past. On the mezzanine, the Lewis Miller Gallery showcases the sketches of this prominent local folk artist. In the Eighteenth Century Gallery, objects from Native American and early Colonial settlers are featured. Decorative Arts are exhibited in the central gallery, including a substantial collection of case clocks, quilts, and early Pflatzgraff pottery. A temporary exhibit can be found in the upper galleries, currently home to The Fiery Trial
exhibit, which tells the story of York's Civil War experience. Finally visitors can stroll through A Place to Call Home
where they will form a richer understanding of York County in the exhibits Workplaces, Ties That Bind, Where the Heart Is,
and Fun and Games
. For kids, the Rutter's Discovery Zone
offers a one-room schoolhouse and interactive toys and displays for learning and exploring.