York County Heritage Trust

York County Heritage Trust

A collection of eight historical sites, the York County Heritage Trust offers visitors a taste of the diverse history of York County, Pennsylvania.

The roots of the York County Heritage Trust can be traced to 1895 when a group of interested citizens formed the Historical Society of York County (HSYC). The HSYC began to collect, preserve and interpret the history and culture of York County. The Society’s original focus was the development of a library to serve as a repository for the County’s genealogical resource material. By the early 1900s a growing collection of artifacts led to the opening of a museum in the county courthouse. The historical society outgrew its space by 1938 and moved two blocks east. In 1959 the Historical Society Museum and Library/Archives relocated once more to the present location at 250 East Market Street in Downtown York.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009, the York County Heritage Trust’s mission benefits the community and visitors through cultural enrichment, pride in heritage and preservation of that heritage for future generations. Using these eight sites and murals with tours, lectures, workshops, exhibits, research facilities and living history programs, the Trust continues collecting, preserving and interpreting more than 250 years of York County’s rich and diverse history.