Horace Bonham trained as a lawyer, but his real passion was in artwork. He spent most of
his life as a painter of portraits, landscapes and genre scenes, and many of his paintings
can be seen in the house. He and his wife, Rebekah, had four daughters and moved into
this townhouse in 1875. His second child, Elizabeth (affectionately known as “Bessie”), lived
in the home until she died in 1965. At the time of her death, she had lived in her family’s
home since she was two-years-old: 91 of her 93 years. As she had never married or had
children, she willed her home and all of its contents to the Historical Society of York County
(now the York County History Center)

Visit the Bonham House at 152 East Market Street Saturdays in July. Rooms in this three-story house reflect the period from the 1850s to the 1930s. Through a guided tour, visitors learn about life for an upper-middle class family, and about the Bonham family in particular, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tours will be held at 11 am and 2 pm each Saturday through July.  You will start your experience at the Historical Society Museum, 250 East Market Street and take a short stroll down the street to the Bonham House.  To schedule your tour CLICK HERE!


Event Details

Bonham House is open

  • July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
  • 11 am and 2 pm guided tours
  • Reserve your ticket here. 
  • If you would like to visit other sites, please see Visitor Services to upgrade your ticket
  • Tours will meet at the Historical Society Museum and walk to the Bonham House

Upcoming Events

June 29, 2021

Early American Cooking Demonstration


July 2, 2021

First Friday


July 3, 2021

Bonham House Guided Tours July 2021


July 9, 2021

Tannenberg Organ Summer Concert Series


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