Location
York, PA

Project Type
Museum Expansion & Renovation

Size
52,000 sf

Completion
2003

Cost
$1,278,000

Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Like many communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania, York County boasts a strong history of both agriculture and industry. Luckily, York County’s industrial base is still largely intact and much of its workforce still relies on manufacturing jobs. In an effort to interpret its rich history, The York County Heritage Trust (YCHT) looked to create a museum and visitor center anchored on Agriculture and Industry. Our team worked with the YCHT to restore a historic but abandoned printing factory into a vibrant interpretive center. The new facility now anchors a block in the center of town and borders a popular rails-to-trails project that links the town to its rural surroundings.

Companies like Harley Davidson, Caterpillar, and York Barbell had all extended efforts to welcome visitors to their factory, but no one had pulled it all together. In an effort to extend visitor experience and get them out into the region, the project expanded to work with the City and the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau to help brand York as the Factory Tour Capital of the World. This might seem like a big statement, but the idea draws tens of thousands of visitors to the region. The new center draws locals, regional school groups, and complete out-of-towners. The facility has become a must see as many visitors begin their York County journey.