reopening of the York Springs Museum | Local News

After being closed during the pandemic, the Ye Olde Sulfur Spa Historical Society museum in York Springs will reopen to the public on Sunday.

The company is hosting a “Welcome Back” party at 408 Main Street from 2-5 p.m. on April 3.

“There will be new exhibits, a scavenger hunt, games and refreshments” at the museum, said society member Elaine Gilbert.

The 80 to 90 members of the society look forward to welcoming the public back to a relaxed open house atmosphere, she said.

They are excited to share a “Faith and Fellowship” exhibit focusing on the role played by the early churches, lodges, scout groups and others that brought residents together.

Sunday’s event is described on the company’s website as “an informal and eventful day, a chance to welcome both old and new friends”.

A second spring event, the Honey Bee Tea on May 15, is already sold out. It will include a “Bee in Your Bonnet” hat contest and a speaker on pollinating plants.

Regular hours at the museum and archives will be Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. and the first Sunday of each month from 2-4 p.m.

“Founded in 1970, the Ye Olde Sulfur Spa Historical Society strives to encourage the study of historical and cultural aspects of northeast Adams County,” according to its website.

York Sulfur Springs was a famous place in the 19th century, where people came from far and wide to enjoy the hot springs.

A brief history of Latimore Township’s comprehensive plan describes it as “the first resort town in Adams County, frequented by people from Philadelphia and Baltimore who came to the resort by stagecoach.”

The township history goes on to claim that local family newspapers report that George and Martha Washington spent time at the springs in 1799, shortly before the death of the first president.

It is also claimed that “the first hot air balloon ride in Adams County” was part of the entertainment offered to visitors to the hot springs.

Before the Adams County Library was founded in the mid-1940s, a group of women started its precursor in York Springs, Gilbert said.

Some books from the collection donated by “The Mademoiselle Club”, as the women called themselves, remain among the many other artifacts of the society.

Additional information about the society and the welcome event is available on its website, www.yosshs.org.

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