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VISITOR GUIDE - Colonial Complex
Colonial Complex (General Gates House, Golden Plough Tavern, Barnett Bobb Log House & the Colonial Court House)
Political intrigue, tavern life and 18th century culture - all available in a single visit to this site on the corner of West Market Street and North Pershing Avenue in Downtown York. Four buildings reflect both private and public lives in early York. The Pennsylvania German Golden Plough Tavern, built in 1741, presents the significant role a tavern played in a community as a hotel, restaurant and source for news. The General Gates House (c.1751) reflects the year 1778 when General Horatio Gates occupied the house while the Continental Congress met in York. You can visit a reconstruction of the Colonial Court House where the Second Continental Congress met during York's nine-month tenure as Capital of the United States, just across the street from the Plough Tavern. The Barnett Bobb Log House, built with squared timbers, in 1812 and relocatd to the site, highlights an average Pennsylvania German home in the early 19th century.  
The Colonial Complex  is seen by guided tours Tuesday-Saturday. Tours are typically offered at:

10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

All tours might not be available each day. For up to date tour time options please visit the Events Calendar. For more information call (717) 848-1587 extension 301.

Baking the Colonial Way: Hands-on Workshop Series
Join the Trust as we explore America’s cultural past through the  kitchen with our 
50th Restoration Celebration: Gates House & Plough Tavern
Be sure to visit the Colonial Complex on May 17 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic restoration of the Golden Plough Tavern and General Gates House. Click here to find out more 

Click Here to view a glimpse of the Colonial Complex and learn more about the Colonial Court House.

 Click Here to learn more about the Articles of Confederation.

Both videos were completed by Central York High School AP History Students in spring of 2012.

Address: 157 West Market Street, York, PA

Directions: From Route 30: Take North George Street south. From N. George Street turn right onto Philadelphia Street. Take Philadelphia Street 2 blocks to Pershing Avenue. Make a left onto Pershing Avenue. The Colonial Complex is on the corner of Pershing Avenue and West Market Street. Metered street parking is available.

Phone: 717-848-1587 (please call 717-848-1587 x301 if scheduling a group tour)

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday by guided tour

Ticket Prices:
Ticket cost for all sites of the York County Heritage Trust.

Trust Members receive free admission to all museums and historic sites.  Become a Member 
Museum Admission Rates: High Season
One Price, 5 Sites 
Adults $15
Students 6-18  $7
Children 5 & Under FREE
Library & Archives ONLY $8
Group Tours (Two sites) $6
Group Tours (Three or more sites) $7


York County Heritage Trust
250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403
717.848.1587 (ph) • 717.812.1204 (fax)
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