Your History Starts Here

The York County History Center inspires the exploration of the history, people, and culture of our county, state and nation with more than 90,000 artifacts highlighting nearly 300 years of York’s impressive history.

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Historical Society Museum

Located at 250 East Market Street is the headquarters of the History Center. The museum features some of the History Center’s diverse exhibits housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact.

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Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Explore York County’s vast contributions to the progress of agricultural and industry at the History Center’s Agricultural & Industrial Museum. The museum highlights over 300 years of transportation and agriculture.

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Seasonal Sites

The Golden Plough Tavern, the General Horatio Gates House, the Colonial Courthouse, and the Fire Museum are all located along West Market Street and are open for tours April through November.

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Library & Archives

The Library & Archives, located on East Market Street, houses an extensive collection, including genealogy and family history, decorative arts, community organizations, and more.

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About Us

The History Center fulfills its mission by telling the remarkable stories of York County’s different ethnic and socio-economic groups, businesses, inventions, and historic events.

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Historical Society Museum

Located at 250 East Market Street is the headquarters of the History Center. The museum features some of the History Center’s diverse exhibits housed in a building that is itself a historical artifact.

More Info >

Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Explore York County’s vast contributions to the progress of agricultural and industry at the History Center’s Agricultural & Industrial Museum. The museum highlights over 300 years of transportation and agriculture.

More Info >

Seasonal Sites

The Golden Plough Tavern, the General Horatio Gates House, the Colonial Courthouse, and the Fire Museum are all located along West Market Street and are open for tours April through November.

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Library & Archives

The Library & Archives, located on East Market Street, houses an extensive collection, including genealogy and family history, decorative arts, community organizations, and more.

More Info >

About Us

The History Center fulfills its mission by telling the remarkable stories of York County’s different ethnic and socio-economic groups, businesses, inventions, and historic events.

More Info >

The difference YOU make

The York County History Center is grateful for your support and commitment to this very special place. As a member, supporter or volunteer, you make history come alive.

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Events & Programs


December 2, 2021

Writers’ Roundtable

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December 11, 2021

Second Saturday Lecture Series

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January 2, 2022

South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

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January 4, 2022

Homeschool Days

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York County History Center1 day ago
The attack on Pearl Harbor eighty years ago awakened a sleeping giant and led to the 1945 Allied defeat of militarist Japan, as well as racist authoritarian Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. But 1941-42 was a tough year for Americans serving abroad, including Monroe S. Lease (1906-1950) of York. Lease entered the regular Army in 1924 and was stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded. He became a POW and endured the horrific Bataan Death March as well as years of Japanese captivity in Formosa (Taiwan). Today, the YCHC Library & Archives gratefully received his papers and dog tags from his relatives (he had no descendants). Lease returned home to York after the war, in and out of treatment at VA hospitals. He never did recover from the brutality he suffered. Lease's story is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice and patriotism of our prisoners of war.
York County History Center
York County History Center2 days ago
Today marks 80 years since the attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor. Thank you to all those who served, and are currently serving, our nation.
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York County History Center5 days ago
Recently, several documents were transferred from the Collections Department to the Library and Archives regarding York Veteran Paul Daugherty. Paul was a POW and a navigator on a bomber crew during World War II: https://www.yorkhistorycenter.org/new-in-the-archives
Today marks 80 years since the attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor. Thank you to all those who served and are currently serving our nation. https://t.co/rwGw8dIVnI yorkhistory photo
Visit the Colonial Complex tomorrow, December 3rd, between 5pm and 8pm to take a candlelight tour and learn how Christmas was celebrated during the 18th century. Warm-up in the Summer Kitchen near our hearth and enjoy hot apple cider and cookies. https://t.co/eRpDjqZjd1
Join Mayor Helfrich in rebuilding York’s earliest photographic history for tomorrow night's Writers' Roundtable https://t.co/LDEvkb6qHu https://t.co/HfctxdaXZL yorkhistory photo
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