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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.  
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The Colonial Complex  is seen by guided tours Tuesday-Saturday. Public Tours are typically offered:
 April-May- Tuesday-Friday – Tour times at 2:00 and 3:00; Saturday 10, 11, 1, 2, 3


June-October – Tuesday- Thursday – Tour times at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00; Friday and Saturday 10, 11, 1, 2, 3


NovemberTuesday-Thursday- Tour times at 11:00 and 2:00; Friday and Saturday 10, 11, 1, and 2
Please visit Trust's Calendar of Events for the most current public tour offerings

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.
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:
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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