Reader photos: Some of York County’s famous buildings

I was really excited to see some people who I don’t even know starting to submit to our new user-submitted photo galleries!

One woman, Dianne Bowders of York Township, posted a really interesting set of photos of buildings around York County, complete with detailed captions, so I thought I’d share them with you.

Ye Olde York Valley Inn


Dianne writes: “Ye Olde York Valley Inn was originally built between 1738-1747 in Springettsbury Township. The early stone inn was located 2.5 miles east of York near the site of WalMart along the Lincoln Highway/Route 30. George Washington and the Marquis de LaFayette were among its early visitors. Proprietor rules for the inn included that no more than five could sleep in a bed, and that boots were not to be worn while in bed. In 1962, a large portion of the stone inn was moved from its original location to Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York Township where it serves as the cemetery office.” Read more on Jim McClure’s York Town Square blog post, 1730s York Valley Inn may outlast its namesake.

Billmeyer House


Dianne writes: “A front view of the beautiful Victorian Italianate York House or Billmeyer House, built by Charles Billmeyer in 1863. The house is part of the First Presbyterian Church complex. Thirty-five years ago the Church petitioned to tear down this blighted landmark. The restoration began after a prolonged battle between the Church and York’s Historic Architectural Review Board who refused to grant permission to destroy the home. The home now stands as a beautiful testament to preservation.” I’ve seen this spelled both Billmeyer and Billmyer – not sure which is now accepted! For more on it under any name, read Jim McClure’s York Town Square blog post, Colonial York, Pa.? No, try Victorian York, Pa.

Dritt Mansion


Dianne writes: “Historic Pleasant Garden, or the Dritt Mansion/Zimmerman Center for Heritage, was built about 1738, the year when settlers streamed across the Susquehanna River. The land was first owned by Thomas Cressap and a log fort was constructed near this site (1729) to prevent settlement on the west side of the River. The Georgian style mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located about 3.5 miles south of Wrightsville at Long Level and is now owned by the York-Lancaster Heritage Region. On the first Friday of each month, the Susquehanna River Art exhibit is open for viewing.” Read more about the Dritt family on Jim McClure’s York Town Square blog post, Native Americans help clean up Dritt family cemetery in new York County park.

Wallace-Cross Mill


Dianne writes: “Built in 1826 in East Hopewell Township, the mill once operated 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places it is now part of York County Parks and Recreation and is open for tours during part of the summer and on special miller days. The miller’s house sits on the hill above the mill.” Read more about the mill on Jim McClure’s York Town Square blog post, Pioneering sisters operated York County grist mill.

Thank you, Dianne, for sharing these photos! Have any of my readers been to these places? Cross Mill in particular is on my “Top 10” list to visit next summer, and I’d love to hear about your experiences there or elsewhere, so leave me a comment!

About Joan Concilio

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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