Exploring the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum

Exploring the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.

The York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum is a wonderful destination for history lovers of all ages!

The Transportation Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Transportation Gallery at the museum.

Housed in a former factory complex in downtown York, the museum features thousands of artifacts and exhibits highlighting York County’s contributions to the areas of agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing.

The Agricultural Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Agricultural Gallery at the museum.

The article is meant to highlight some of the best things to see and do at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum, but rest assured you could (and should) spend a few hours here taking in all the exhibits.

The York Safe and Lock Company exhibit at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The York Safe and Lock Company exhibit at the museum.

This exhibit hall highlights the many ways people and products have moved about York County over the years.

The Transportation Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
The Transportation Gallery at the museum.

There’s a 1916 trolley car that you can board.

A 1916 trolley car on display in the Transportation Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
A 1916 trolley car on display in the Transportation Gallery at the museum.

A 1940 train engine that you can sit at the controls of.

A 1940 train switcher engine in the Transportation Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
A 1940 train switcher engine in the Transportation Gallery at the museum.

And several rare Pullman automobiles on display, built in York County between 1905-1917.

The Pullman automobiles exhibit at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Pullman automobiles exhibit at the museum.

The agrarian history of York County is on display in the Agricultural Gallery.

Tractors in the Agricultural Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
Tractors in the Agricultural Gallery at the the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum.

One of the highlights is this working 3-story grist mill.

A grist mill at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
A grist mill at the museum.

York-based Rutter’s sponsored an exhibit detailing how milk is produced, from farm to table.

Milk production exhibit in the Agricultural Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
Milk production exhibit sponsored by York-based Rutter’s.

This gallery highlights the many and varied manufacturers that call (or have called) York County home.

The Local Industry gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Local Industry gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum.

Some of the companies are synonymous with York, like York Barbells.

The York Barbell Company exhibit at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The York Barbell Company exhibit.

York Caskets is another company you may have heard of (or seen their tractor-trailers on a highway somewhere).

The York Casket exhibit at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The York Casket exhibit.

Other names you may have heard of, but never realized they originated in York County.

The Pfaltzgraff Pottery Company exhibit at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Pfaltzgraff Pottery Company exhibit at the museum.

I, for one, didn’t realize Stauffer’s Animal Crackers originated in York County, despite having eaten a boatload of them over the years.

The Stauffer crackers exhibit at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Stauffer’s crackers exhibit at the museum.

The Hall of Giants

The Hall of Giants contains exhibits too large to fit anywhere else in the museum.

The Reddy Kilowatt exhibit in the Hall of Giants Gallery at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
The Reddy Kilowatt exhibit in the Hall of Giants Gallery.

This massive ammonia compressor was used for producing ice in the early 1900s, when “artificial ice” was a new concept.

An ammonia compressor used for producing ice in the early 1900s on display at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
A 72-ton A-frame ammonia compressor used for producing ice, on display in the Hall of Giants.

Hours and Directions

The York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4pm.

The York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm.
Museum hours.

The museum is located at 217 West Princess Street, York, PA 17401.

The York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania is housed in a former factory complex.
The museum is housed in a former factory complex.

There is free street parking on West Princess Street in front of the museum – CLICK HERE to open a Google map to the museum (map will open in a separate window).

Street parking in front of the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York Pennsylvania.
Street parking on West Princess Street in front of the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum.

Nearby Attractions

The Haines Shoe House is one of PA’s most recognizable roadside attractions, and now it’s a vacation rental home.

Spending the night at the Haines Shoe House vacation rental near York Pennsylvania.
Scenes from the Haines Shoe House.

In fact, this is where I spent the night when visiting the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum!

The Instep Suite is the largest bedroom in the Haines Shoe House.
The Instep Suite is the largest bedroom in the Haines Shoe House.

Since 1958, the York County Historical Society Museum has used artifacts and exhibits to highlight the region’s rich heritage and historical significance.

Exploring the York County Historical Society Museum in York Pennsylvania
The York County Historical Society Museum.

York, PA and the First National Thanksgiving dives into the fascinating backstory of this Revolutionary War-era event, which had nothing to do with Pilgrims and turkeys!

York PA and the first National Thanksgiving Day.
York, Pennsylvania was the site of “The First National Thanksgiving”.

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