Area History

Area History

Area History

York County History

York County History

York, known as the White Rose City (after the Wars of the Roses), is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,358 km² (910 mi²). 2,343 km² (904 mi²) of it is land and 15 km² (6 mi²) of it (0.64%) is water. The county is bound to its eastern border by the Susquehanna River. Its southern border is the Mason-Dixon Line, which separates Pennsylvania and Maryland.

York County (population 339,574) was created on August 19, 1749 from part of Lancaster County and named either for the Duke of York, an early patron of the Penn Family, or for the city and shire of York in England. Its county seat is the city of York.

Plough TavernWith more than 250 years of tradition, historic York County blends charming local customs with the beauty one of Pennsylvania's richest farm regions. The county, nestled in the rolling farmlands of south central Pennsylvania, offers activities for every interest, from golf and museums to cultural attractions and wineries and from factory tours to great shopping for antiques, hand-made crafts and fantastic bargains.

Historically, York served as America's first capitol-home to the Continental Congress from September 1777-June 1778. Area museums provide glimpses into areas such as timekeeping, weight lifting, agriculture, Native American life and the unique world famous Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Museum. But, if history doesn't interest you there are plenty of other things to see and do. Check out our parks where you can hike, fish, swim, picnic or just relax.

Susquehanna River

The nearby Susquehanna River makes York County one of the top boating and board-sailing areas in Pennsylvania. Or try golfing at any of our numerous golf course. We have skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and almost every other recreational activity you can think of.

URL: York County


Agricultural and Industrial Musium of York County

Agricultural and Industrial
Museum of York County

Visitors can enjoy an in-depth look at history of many factories and industries that made our county an international name in manufacturing.

Address:   217 W. Princess Street, York
Phone:      717-848-1587
URL: Agricultural and Industrial Museum

Ma & Pa Railroad

Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society
The M&PRPS was established in late 1986 and acquired 8 miles of the Ma & Pa main line between Bridgeton and Laurel, Pa. In 1992 the Society added the historic store and mill complex in Muddy Creek Forks, which includes 11 structures and 31 acres of land, to its holdings. 

Address:   1268 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville
Phone:      717-927-9565
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URL: MA & Pa Railroad

National Clock Musuem

National Watch & Clock Museum
The National Watch and Clock Museum was officially opened to the public in 1977 with fewer than 1,000 items. Since that time, the collection has increased to over 12,000 items and the museum has undergone several expansion projects. The latest expansion opened in October 1999 and featured an entirely new and redesigned exhibit space, as well as a new two-story addition. Today, the museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America.

Address:   514 Popular St., Columbia, PA
Phone:      717-684-8261
URL: National Watch & Clock Museum

Wallace - CrossmillWallace - Cross Mill 

The mill is believed to have been constructed in 1826 and was operated continuously until the 1980's taking its water power from Rambo Run. The mill was placed on the Pennsylvania Inventory of Historic Places on February 24, 1977 and the National register of Historic Places on June 10, 1977. The mill was given to York County by the owner Harry Cross in 1979.

Address:   15759 Cross Mill Rd Felton, PA 17322 
Phone:      717-840-7440
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URL: Wallace - Cross Mill

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