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Colonial York Day

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    The present meets the past at this event featuring living history at its wildest. The election of York County’s first public official in 1750 ended in a riot between German and Irish settlers. Cast your vote for candidate (if you can), and witness a reenactment of how that Election Day unfolded, as it is told in several York County histories.

    Curious if the story is true? Satisfy your curiosity at our “Behind the Scenes” station to discover the sources that support or debunk parts of the story. Engage reenactors, demonstrators, and living historians, as they bring the 18th century to modern York. The family activity area features a rope bed that can be strung and laid on, as well as “chores” and games. Meet Baron Von Steuben, see (and hear) mortar demonstrations, enjoy (with proper id) a whisky tasting in the Golden Plough Tavern, and so much more.