NEW! Cultural Trails coming in 2023

Cultural Trails in York County to be launched in 2023

Explore York County’s Cultural Trails for an inspiring experience celebrating strength, diversity, perseverance, and the entrepreneurial “maker’s” spirit that defines our area.

We wholeheartedly welcome all people to join us on this journey of connection toward greater understanding and mutual respect. 

The first two trails in our series are designed to bring historical accounts of local, legendary heroes to life and to interactively share the stories of powerful black- and women-owned businesses.

It is our goal to develop additional tours to complement the WOMEN POWER and AFRICAN AMERICAN EXCELLENCE trails, so please subscribe to receive our complimentary e-newsletter for updates on our complete TOURS and TRAILS series.

AFRICAN AMERICAN EXCELLENCE

The William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum

Tour an authenticated Underground Railroad site at the historic home of local legend and prominent businessman William C. Goodridge. Born into the institution of slavery in Maryland, Goodridge built a significant estate and was a noted Station Master on the Underground Railroad. See firsthand how he used his home as a hiding place for Freedom Seekers.

Gusa by Victoria

Meet Victoria, a local entrepreneur who empowers women by celebrating their cultural diversity through fashion. Originally from Kenya, Victoria creates unique, quality, affordable pieces of ready-to-wear clothing and offers experiences including Swahili language lessons and sewing classes.

Skillet2Plate Soul Bistro

Enjoy Southern style cuisine at Skillet2Plate Soul Bistro. This family-owned and operated restaurant, located in the WeCo district of downtown York, has been serving up soups, sandwiches, entrees, and soul bowls created with love and care since 2020.

Mark & Val Wines

Sample high-quality small-batch wine crafted onsite by Vintner Mark Rhodes at Mark & Val Wines. One of Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned wineries, this unique urban tasting room located in the city of York offers an amazing selection appealing to both casual and experienced wine lovers.

Friends of Lebanon Cemetery

Honoring early African American community members, the Friends of Lebanon Cemetery offers guided tours through the final resting place of former slaves, military veterans, clergy, doctors, politicians, and important community leaders. Their painstaking efforts to recover, research, identify, and document those interred in the historic hallowed grounds has brought to life many historical links and familial ties and preserves the authentic narrative of African American historical heroes.

Northern Central Railway

Enjoy excursions that educate, entertain, and enlighten aboard authentic, lovingly restored train cars powered by a replica 1860s steam locomotive and a GP9 diesel engine at the Northern Central Railway. Open year-round, you can meet Presidents and generals, experience the Wild West, and be moved by the spirit of the seasons as you ride along the very rails that helped build and save our nation.

WOMEN POWER

Sunrise Soap Company

Love and excellent ingredients go into the amazing body care products at Sunrise Soap Company. Shop from a wide variety of hand-crafted self-care specialties including soap, bath bombs and body butter, or book an experience at The Creation Station at the original downtown York store.

Refillism

A cleaner house and planet are the focus of Refillism. An eco-friendly, zero waste brand founded by Elizabeth Bower, customers all around the US have embraced the opportunity to purchase environmentally conscious, all natural, plant-based, cruelty-free products made here in York, PA, USA.

Nature’s Platter

Inspired by nature and hand-crafted with a commitment to keeping Mother Earth in mind, every live edge wooden charcuterie board at Nature’s Platter is created from dead, fallen, or damaged trees by local woodworker Marie Fisher. As functional as they are fabulous, Nature’s Platter also offers parties and classes perfect for planning how to best use your new charcuterie board.

The Front Porch Tea Room

Pinkies Up! It’s time to take high tea at The Front Porch Tea Room & Gathering Place. Located in lovely Hallam, this Victorian-style tea room was built in 1869 and is loaded with charm and history. Enjoy a full course meal at a civilized and relaxed pace or participate in a seasonally curated special event.

Northern Central Railway

Enjoy excursions that educate, entertain, and enlighten aboard authentic, lovingly restored train cars powered by a replica 1860s steam locomotive and a GP9 diesel engine at the Northern Central Railway. Open year-round, you can meet Presidents and generals, experience the Wild West, and be moved by the spirit of the seasons as you ride along the very rails that helped build and save our nation.

The official launch is planned for February 2023. We are excited to share these stories and experiences with visitors and residents.