Due to the current COVID pandemic, we recognize most schools are not able to participate in on site field trips.  The History Center now offers educators the opportunity to have your class visit us virtually.   Our virtual field trips includes a live, guided virtual tour of our historic site hosted over video conferencing platform (Zoom, Google Meet, etc) with printable, hands-on activities to supplement the virtual visit.  Choose from these options:

1. The Colonial Experience at the Golden Plough Tavern and the Horatio Gates House: Explores the creation of Pennsylvania, the establishment of York and what life was like in a middle-class Germanic home/tavern and an upper-class English home. Recommended: grades 3-12. Approximate time: 45-60 minutes.

2. Continental Congress at the Colonial Courthouse: Explores how York became the Capital of the United States and examines Continental Congress’ significant accomplishments (Articles of Confederation, 1st National Day of Thanksgiving, French Alliance, Printing of $5 million in Continental Currency) during their nine- month stay. Recommended: grades 5-12. Approximate time: 30-45 minutes.

3. Political Intrigue and the Conway Cabal at the Horatio Gates House: Explores the so-called plot to replace General George Washington as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, examines Horatio Gates’ role at the Battle of Saratoga and his subsequent promotion to the president of the Board of War and discusses the role of the Marquis de Lafayette. Recommended: grades 8-12. Approximate time: 30 minutes.

Currently, we are offering these programs FREE to all York County schools.  To learn more and to book your virtual tour experience, please contact our Manager of School Programs Bart Stump at